Ability Forum
A complete online community resource center where people with disabilities overcome barriers through the power of technology.


Addiction Center

Are you or a loved one struggling with prescription painkillers, alcohol or street drugs like heroin? Call our drug abuse hotline to be connected with a rehab or detox center and start your new life today.


American Association of Persons with Disabilities
AAPD is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan, cross-disability organization in the United States. Their goals are unity, leadership and impact. Anyone can be a member of AAPD – persons with a disability, their family, friends and supporters.


Americans Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)
ADAPT is a national, activist organization with a long history of organizing in the disability community. ADAPT uses civil disobedience and similar non-violent direct action tactics to achieve its goals: accessible public transit, passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, attendant services, and services in the community instead of in institutions and nursing homes.


Association of Late-Deafened Adults
Adults ALDA supports, educates, and advocates on behalf of people who grew up with intact hearing and became deaf as adults.


Autism Support Group
The group would serve as a hub for people and family dealing with Autism who would want to share their experiences and knowledge, ask questions and be around people who are facing the same health challenges. The online groups complement the ‘regular’ groups and help those who are unable to attend an offline group.


Bazelon Organization
Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of persons with mental disability.


Captioned Media Program
Catalog of free loan captioned video and DVD.

A leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Data on health and disabilities.


Cerebral Palsy Guidance

Learn about the different types, symptoms, and causes of cerebral palsy — and much more.


Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

Learn all about Cerebral Palsy and other common birth injuries here.


Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders
A national organization that provides support and information relating to attention deficit disorders. Excellent site for support services.



College Resources for Students with Disabilities Guidebook
With more adaptive technologies and progressive legislature, prospective college students with disabilities have countless resources available to make the transition to higher education less stressful. This guide has been created to help these students and their families better understand the resources available to them.


Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
A coalition of national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities. Excellent site for current legislative activities related to disabilities.


Consumer Affairs Affairs



Council for Disability Rights
Practical self-advocacy information for persons with disabilities, along with state and national news affecting the disability community.


Deaf Aztlan: Latino Network
This website for the Deaf Latino community includes a list of ASL/Spanish/English interpreters (including one in Chicago!), Deaf Latino mailing lists, businesses, organizations, and programs.


People and community pages include chat online, e-mail directory, events, deaf kids, black deaf, gay deaf, deaf blind, oral deaf, chat online, event listings, and more. Also includes information and resources, shopping, and an ASL font.


Department of Justice Home Page
Americans with Disabilities Act information and technical assistance line. Updated weekly.


disABILITY Information and Resources
Very comprehensive list of disability-related links.



Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Inc.
DREDF is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities. Site has updates on legal cases and many publications for order on disability rights, Americans with Disabilities Act and related issues.

Providing information, resources, and treatment for people battling addiction and related conditions.


e-Buddies is the newest program of Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities through one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.


Equip for Equality
This federally mandated Protection & Advocacy System in q Illinois safeguards the rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities, including developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.


Great Lakes ADA Center
Provides technical assistance and training to businesses and people with disabilities regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).


Offer free wheelchair ramp plans and resources, information on accessible homes for sale and general tips for fitting/making residences accessible.

Within the Handi-Ramp website there is a directory (by state) that gives a list of charitable organizations that assist persons with disabilities to get accessible ramps built :


Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities
Resource to allow persons with disabilities to work and not have to choose between working and their health care benefits.


Hearing Aid Guide by

This website allows you to draw our conclusions for the best hearing aid options; they have checked government data, analyzed consumer reviews, consulted with seniors & checked with experts in the industry.

NOTE: None of these hearing aids are being endorsed by LIFE Center for Independent Living.  We are simply passing along information that you may find useful.



History of Disability in America: “EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America”
A new online exhibit by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  The compilation of photographs of people and objects in this exhibit explore themes of identity, stereotypes, laws, legislation, home and daily life.  The exhibit offers well described photos and accompanying text to make it an interesting visit for all. This online exhibit is accessible with screen-reading software and has the capability of enlarging photos for easier viewing.


Illinois Assistive Technology Project
IATP helps you find the right technology that lets you learn, work and play with greater independence. They offer assistive device information, demonstration and loan and a used equipment website.


Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC)
Learn about the Illinois Interpreter Licensure Act, Hearing Aid Resources, and learn about what IDHHC does to help persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.


Illinois Department of Human Services
Info about the Department of Human Services, including updates on Olmstead and Lincoln Developmental Center. Find out about DHS’ new low interest loans for assistive technology for persons with disabilities.


Illinois Department on Aging
Info about the Department on Aging, in-home care, access and social services, elder rights, public awareness, demographics, a directory of agencies and organizations serving seniors, and more.


Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living
Information about INCIL and about all of the Centers for Independent Living in Illinois. Contains links to all of the Illinois CILs that have home pages.


Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC)
Explains the Illinois Relay Service and free TTY Loan Program for citizens of Illinois who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech-impaired. Includes eligibility requirements and how to apply.


Institute on Independent Living
The Institute serves self-help organizations of disabled people who work for equal opportunities, self-determination and self-respect. Offers training materials, technical assistance and information on personal assistance, advocacy, access, legislation and peer support.


Leadership Council on Civil Rights
An online social justice network. Find out about the latest policy developments in top civil rights issues. Tools for getting involved.


The Lighthouse website includes valuable information about resources for persons who are blind or have low vision. Includes facts about vision loss and eye conditions, eye care, living with vision impairment, age-related changes in the eye, adaptive computer technology, and more. Includes pictures of what the world looks like to persons with various vision impairments.



McLean County Center for Human Services
Assists persons in McLean County who are in need of mental health treatment.


Mesothelioma Symptoms
An extensive database of information and resources for patients and their families to better understand the symptoms of Mesothelioma and the various aspects of diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.


Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center
Free library service for anyone whose low vision, blindness, or physical limitation makes it difficult to read.  Offering Digital Talking Books from Dr. Seuss and Dr. Phil, Bestsellers to Biographies.


Mind Freedom
The Support Coalition International unites more than 100 grassroots organizations of psychiatric survivors. The description “psychiatric survivors” is used by individuals who identify themselves as having experienced human rights violations in the mental health system. This website about the psychiatric survivors’ liberation movement, information, and advocacy campaigns.


Money Geek

Free financial tools, calculators, and resources to simplify choices for your money and your future.



Motion Picture Access
For more information on the WGBH’s Motion Picture Access (MoPix) efforts.


MOUTH Magazine
An irreverent disability magazine with attitude! Includes a catalog of cool posters, t-shirts, books, and videos.


National Association of the Deaf
Website of the National Association of the Deaf.


National Council on Disability
NCD is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on disability policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities. Website includes NCD reports.


National Council on Independent Living
NCIL is the oldest cross disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Website includes updates on national disability rights hot topics and legislation.


National Disabled Students Union
A national, cross-disability, student organization. It recognizes all disabled people – those with traditionally recognized disabilities and those who have often been left out of the movement.


National Federation of the Blind
The NFB is a consumer and advocacy organization of persons who are blind. Website provides information and referral services, publications about blindness, assistive devices, advocacy.


National Organization on Disability
The National Organization on Disability promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.


Not Dead Yet
Not Dead Yet opposes the assisted suicide and euthanasia movement, which advocates a deadly double standard for people with severe disabilities (terminal and non-terminal). People already have the right to refuse unwanted treatment, and suicide is not illegal. What we oppose is a public policy that singles out individuals for legalized killing based on their health status. In these days of cost cutting and managed care, we don’t trust the health care system, and neither should you.


Online Schools Guide
Directory of all college programs that a person can participate in online.  The database is updated annually.


Ragged Edge Magazine
Ragged Edge and its website include articles about society’s “ragged edge” issues: medical rationing, genetic discrimination, assisted suicide, long-term care, attendant services. They cover the disability experience in America — what it means to be a crip living at the start of the 21st century.


Rehab Center
Rehab Center is a way to learn about addition, what types of treatment there are and where to go for treatment.  You can even search for a rehab center in your area.


Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
Information about hearing loss from the SHHH national office. Has a bookstore catalog.


Social Security Disability Applicants – Facts about disabilities
Includes a disability workbook for Social Security applicants, FAQs about Social Security Disability, special-issue booklets about disability benefits, and much more.


Social Security Online
More info about Social Security disability programs.


We provide racing wheelchairs, rugby wheelchairs and all sorts of independent living resources including catheters and other urological supplies.


Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois
Site includes info about SILC, the State Plan for Independent Living, Olmstead, SILC position papers, info about CILs in Illinois, and more.


The Special Ed Advocate
Provides parents and helping professionals with the information they need to be effective advocates for children with disabilities. This site contains current articles, cases, and links related to special education. Updated weekly.


Treat Mesothelioma

Information, resources and educational videos all geared to help and guide those dealing with asbestos-related cancers.


Tuck Sleep: Homeless Resource

A portal to help increase awareness and help those affected by homelessness.  Contains a complete directory of all emergency shelters in the US, organized by state, with contact information as well as the services they offer.


United Medicare Advisors

Committed to providing assistance to seniors and their families who are making necessary decisions about health planning programs.  They are an online resource that provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on aging, health planning, Medicare and Medigap for adults over 65.


We Connect Now
Developed to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues.


The Whitehouse
Accessible federal government web site.


Find wheelchair accessible hotels.