Information of interest for persons with disabilities residing in or visiting the State of Illinois.
Illinois Disability Resources
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
IATP's primary focus is on education, employment, community living, information technology and telecommunications. Our mission is to enable people with disabilities so they can fully participate in all aspects of life - www.iltech.org
Autism Society of Illinois
Mission is to improve the lives of Illinois individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders - www.autismillinois.org
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago
Founded in 1951, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago first opened its doors to address the needs of children and adults with cerebral palsy. We've been opening doors ever since. We help a child with cerebral palsy use technology that lets her speak for the first time - www.ucpnet.org
Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois Iowa & Nebraska
The Epilepsy Foundation North Central Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research - www.epilepsyheartland.org
Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL)
The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, the statewide association representing the 23 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Illinois - www.incil.org
Mental Health America of Illinois
Since 1909, Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI) has worked to promote mental health, prevent mental illnesses and improve the care and treatment of persons suffering from mental and emotional disorders - www.mhai.org
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Illinois Chapter
The Greater Illinois Chapter is comprised of all the Illinoisans who have joined the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis and the work that they do through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Volunteers, staff, healthcare workers, researchers, donors, advocates and partners together represent the Greater Illinois Chapter and all the many ways it's possible to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS - www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/ILD/index.aspx
Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois
The mission of SCIA is to serve as a comprehensive resource center for individuals who have been paralyzed due to trauma or conditions of the central nervous system, their families, health professionals, policy makers and others interested in spinal cord injury. Activities of SCIA address major areas such as prevention, medical care, rehabilitation, research and other aspects of living with a spinal cord injury - www.sci-illinois.org
Statistics: Illinois Disability
- There are an estimated 1,516,000 people in the state of Illinois over the age of five who have a form of disability.
- Approximately 283,000 people with disabilities, or 2.5% of the state's population, experience difficulties with performing activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or moving around inside of their homes.
- There are around 812,000 people in the state who have a form of work disability, and 303,000 people with disabilities in Illinois who are employed.
- Around 57,000 people with disabilities in the state are unemployed, while 413,000 are currently not in the workforce.