INFORMATION & REFERRAL (I&R)
I&R is a gateway to our programs and community supports. You can inquire about disability related topics such as housing, transportation, governmental assistance, and more. Some questions can be answered quickly, such as an explanation of the circuit breaker program and assistance with completing the application. Other needs are more complex, such as appealing a decision for Social Security benefits. If the request is a service we offer, you will be assigned to an advocate and a case will be opened. If not, we will refer you to resources in the community. Contact our Information & Referral Advocate to get started.
LCCIL offers a variety of programs to assist you to be independent. Services include:
- Amplified Phones Program- assists individuals who are hard of hearing to obtain free amplified phones through the ITAC program to increase communication and access.
Please follow the link to the ITAC-Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation's 30 second commercial for information on free amplified phones for Illinois residents: https://buelladvertising.app.box.com/v/ITAC-CellAmplifier-Approval
- Assistive Technology and Braille Training- teaches the use of technology such as screen reading and magnification programs, assistive devices, and Braille reading skills.
- Independent Living Skills Training- teaches daily living skills such as: cooking, cleaning, laundry, budgeting, obtaining governmental benefits, accessing public transportation, accessing recreational opportunities, obtaining affordable health care and housing, and more.
Older Blind Services –Seniors 55 and older with vision loss obtain and are trained on the use of adaptive devices to maintain their independence in and outside the home.
Personal Assistant Services- teaches consumers who need in-home care how to hire and manage personal assistants as well as provide referrals to personal assistants trained by LCCIL
- Adult Employment Readiness- a twelve week class, covering topics such as job search techniques, creation of resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, and employment rights/accommodations.
- Staff Associate Program- a six month, paid internship for clients of the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) in which participants work 19 hours per week to learn “hands on” office/computer skills, appropriate work habits, and job search techniques.
- Youth Employment Readiness - an 18 week program offered to youth as a part of their school day to learn employment readiness skills, office/computer skills, employment rights, and disability awareness/workplace accommodations.
Centers for independent living must be able to identify with consumer needs; therefore, a minimum of 51% of board and staff must have disabilities. A mentoring relationship can develop between staff and consumer that enhance the provision of service. Further, we offer peer mentoring opportunities through various support groups. They provide safe space for discussion of personal feelings that are shared with those who can empathize and can offer support and first-hand experience.
- Heads Up- a support group for survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury and their care givers that meet at 7:00 pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
- Words of Wisdom (WOW) - a support group for any individual with any disability that meets on the second Wednesday of every month.
Advocacy is integral to the inclusion of people with disabilities in society. We believe the public should learn about disabilities and the abilities of those who have them in order to promote acceptance. LCCIL also advocates for equal access and change in the community that promotes independent living. We utilize a grassroots, community organizing approach to advocacy initiatives, training and mobilizing leaders who are personally affected by the issues.
- Disability Awareness Presentations- presentations that educate the public about day to day activities and accommodations, provided by individuals having personal experience with disabilities.
- Individual and Systems Advocacy- advocating with the consumer to obtain their individual needs as well as activities that lead to systemic change to meet community needs.
- Leadership Development- training opportunities to develop leaders in the disability community to achieve social justice and meet community needs.
- Community Advocacy Program- a twelve week program offered in the spring, in which participants learn about the legislative process and how to get what they need in the community.
Site Surveys- the assessment of physical accessibility of public and private facilities to ensure access for people with disabilities.
Voyager Internship -a summer program in which youth receive leadership development training to address community issues, "hand on" employment skills training, project planning, and more.
LCCIL offers transition services to adults who want to live independently in their homes in the community and youth who seek a fully productive, independent life as they transition into adulthood. Programs include:
- Community Reintegration Program -assists individuals, 59 and younger, to transition out of nursing homes, into their own homes in the community.
- Youth Leadership -a 30-week program taught in schools to prepare youth for transition into adulthood. Topics include: leadership, communication, disability awareness, IEPs and transition, and independence.
LCCIL proporciona nuestros programas y servicios a individuos que hablan el inglés limitado a petición.
Para recibir servicios de asistencia con servicios de idioma,
por favor póngase en contacto con Lety Cruz en (847) 949-4440.
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