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Alliance of Disability Advocates

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Service Provider Organization that offers job training, placement, education, and community resources to individuals with disabilities.

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) have been at the forefront of activism and leadership on any and all issues affecting people with disabilities – issues like accessibility, public accommodations, transportation, and education. These activities are critical in achieving full inclusion in community life. CILs work with local, state, and national leaders to bring about change and create opportunities.

We provide several services including Individual advocacy skills which allow people with disabilities to become proficient in their efforts to increase their access to the services and programs they desire in the community they choose. ADA helps each individual develop effective communication skills so they gain the necessary support services to accomplish their personal goals including developing job readiness skills. This is accomplished by a Community Inclusion Specialist working directly with a consumer.


Ablr

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Service Provider Organization that offers job training, placement, education, and community resources to individuals with disabilities.

Ablr is a leading disability inclusion and accessibility company that was created to level the playing field for people of all abilities while protecting organizations through mitigating legal risk, maximizing revenues, and ensuring inclusivity!

We help organizations by:

  1. Eliminating the digital divide through our Digital Accessibility Services
  2. Changing the mindsets of people and organizations through our Disability Inclusion Training Modules and advisory services
  3. Creating pathways for employment though our Workforce Development and Internship Programs.

Ablr deploys an industry-first approach to digital accessibility through an optimal blend of technology AND Certified Accessibility Analysts, many of whom have disabilities themselves. This ensures your content is not only ADA compliant, but fully accessible and usable for people with disabilities in support of WCAG. Additionally, our range of DEI training and service offerings will help integrate accessibility practices into the core of your organization.


The Chicago Lighthouse

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Service Provider Organization that offers job training, placement, education, and community resources to individuals with disabilities.

The Chicago Lighthouse is a world-renowned social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities. Recognized as a pioneer in innovation since 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse provides vision rehabilitation services, education, employment opportunities and assistive technology for people of all ages.

We help our clients build valuable skills, reach professional goals and develop strategies for career advancement, while helping employers implement practices that are inclusive of people with disabilities.

Our social enterprises provide meaningful career opportunities for individuals facing barriers to employment, while earning revenues to supplement Chicago Lighthouse programs and services.

Our education programs help children and students learn to meet developmental and educational milestones, build supportive relationships, and fully participate in their communities.

We help our clients maximize independent functioning through programs that build confidence, provide social interaction and teach lessons in daily living.

Our team of specialists provides access to cutting-edge technology, assistive devices and independent living aids to help individuals with visual impairments live life to the fullest.

Our vision care services are designed to nurture and empower patients at every stage of vision loss. We strive to create a warm therapeutic relationship between our patients and practitioners.


Donka, Inc.

Services:
Service Provider Organization that offers job training, placement, education, and community resources to individuals with disabilities.

Donka, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides computer training and job readiness services to persons with physical, visual and limited learning disabilities. Through use of computers and assistive technology, our clients become more self-sufficient and independent members of the community.

Computer Training
Donka’s signature computer training program uses cutting-edge assistive technology to train students in Microsoft Office and other business applications that will help them meet their individualized goals of help with school work, employment and/or independent computer usage.

Donka was founded in 1987 by Don Van Haveren, a retired Wheaton businessman, who became friends with residents of the DuPage Convalescent Center where he volunteered. He believed that computer training was the way to increase opportunities for people limited by disabilities. Don’s vision has grown into the only program in the Chicago area that provides free computer training as a means of education leading to employment, and human service leading to more independent living. Many Donka clients are reaching goals they never thought possible.

“I named it DONKA (thank you in Dutch and German) in honor of the thanks I give for Don-Williethe opportunity to work with these extraordinary people who teach me so much each day.”

Founder Don Van Haveren

(1924-1993)


The College Internship Program

Services:
Service Provider Organization that offers job training, placement, education, and community resources to individuals with disabilities.

The College Internship Program or CIP  is a comprehensive transition program for young adults age 18-26 with autism and other learning differences. CIP supports students as they transition to college and the workplace with locations in Indiana, Massachusetts, Florida, Northern and Southern California.

All students have internships or jobs and live independently in apartments. Students also receive a variety of support in areas including Individual Therapy; Advising; Tutorials; Social Skills and Social Mentoring; Relationship Development Groups; Sensory Integration; Wellness; Executive Functioning; Residential support; career supports, recreational programming, etc.  CIP welcomes part-time and full-time employment opportunities for their students and alumni around the country.

Please visit www.cipworldwide.org or call 877-566-9247 for more information.


DONKA, INC.

Services:
Service Provider Organization that offers job training, placement, education, and community resources to individuals with disabilities.

COMPUTER TRAINING: Donka, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides computer training, assistive technology training and job readiness services to persons with physical, visual, and limited learning disabilities. By learning to access and operate a computer with assistive technology, our students become more independent and self-sufficient at work, school, and home.
JOB PLACEMENT: We work with candidates to identify skills and capabilities, define job search, discover employment interest. Donka helps job seekers overcome the barriers to employment – connecting to transportation resources, housing resources, mental health resources, and provides weekly meetings to address all issues.


Job Accommodation Network

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Service Provider Organization that offers job training, placement, education, and community resources to individuals with disabilities.

Ask JAN – We Can Help

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues. Serving customers across the United States and around the world for more than 35 years, JAN provides free one-on-one practical guidance and technical assistance on job accommodation solutions, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. JAN provides individualized consultation to assist:

  • Employers and their representatives seeking guidance on practical ways to engage in the interactive process, provide job accommodation solutions, and comply with Title I of the ADA;
  • Individuals with medical conditions and disabilities seeking information about job accommodation solutions, employment rights under the ADA, and self-employment and entrepreneurship opportunities; and
  • Family members and rehabilitation, medical, educational, and other professionals in their effort to support successful employment outcomes for individuals with medical conditions and disabilities.

Ask JAN! We can help. JAN consultants and employment specialists are highly qualified and experienced thought leaders and innovators on disability employment issues. By providing trusted guidance on the ADA and practical accommodation solutions that benefit employers and individuals with medical conditions and disabilities, JAN helps everyone recognize the value and talents that qualified workers with disabilities add to the workforce.

For detailed information about the services JAN provides, see our Frequently Asked Questions and view JAN is here for YOU!

JAN services are available 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.

Please direct general inquiries to [email protected] or use the JAN on Demand option to receive practical guidance and technical assistance on job accommodation solutions and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation. Inquiries are routed to JAN staff who will respond in a timely manner.

To receive the JAN Newsletter & Updates, email [email protected].

 

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The Diversity Movement

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Service Provider Organization that offers job training, placement, education, and community resources to individuals with disabilities.

At The Diversity Movement, we’re business strategists with an employee-centered lens. As diversity experts, we know that inclusive organizations generate 19-33% more revenue than their peers. Yet most organizations don’t know how to retrofit their processes and fix their cultures to reap these benefits. We work with you to drive business transformation by helping you create world-class employee experiences. Unlocking workplace excellence is hard; we make it easier.

Our people, products, and perspectives make the difference. We’re a company of business executives, PhDs, MBAs, writers, designers, marketers, historians, and computer scientists. Our diverse skill sets help us understand our clients then create faster time to value using tech-based tools that deliver DEI learning and foster behavior change at scale. We use data analytics to derive real-time, ongoing insights and make the best informed decisions. We scale what’s working in your organization and add expert perspective from across our client spectrum.


BioScan Tek

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Disability Owned Business

BioScan Tek, Inc., a FIRM System partner, is based in Wheaton, IL.  We provide both mobile and on location livescan fingerprinting, background checks and photography.  We can do a small training class, large group class or individuals. We also offer Child Safety ID kits with your child's infomation on a CD or USB Flash drive for you to secure.  

We began offering services at our company headquarters in Wheaton, IL in 2012 and are now offering livescan fingerprinting and photo services in cities throughout Illinois.

Our staff is comprised of a knowledgeable, experienced and caring group of people focused on providing the best experience possible for our customers.

You can trust that our staff of professionals will offer you a great service at a fair price.


Synapse House

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Service Provider Organization that offers job training, placement, education, and community resources to individuals with disabilities.

Synapse House is a Clubhouse model program for survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury and stroke.  We offer cognitive, social, psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation services with a focus on wellness, acceptance and commitment to being the best that we can be.  Our mission is engage, empower and employ.

We have a social enterprise business, Flour to Empower, which is a bakery and candy making business that employs members and allows them to obtain a food handler card and work together with skill and dedication. We are one of the few programs serving this population and have recently acquired a contract with the Division of Rehabilitation Services to provide Supported Employment Program services.


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