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People With DISABILITIEs

To learn more about Day Services, please contact us at DayServices@anixter.org.

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Community Resources & Support (CRS)

The CRS program supports adults and seniors with intellectual/developmental disabilities through day services. Anixter Center operates two CRS programs: CRS Choice and CRS Legacy. CRS Choice is a community-based day program that allows participants to choose from a variety of active recreational and social activities, volunteer and educational opportunities, life skills building, art and music, and community outings. CRS Legacy is a center-based day program that allows participants to engage in leisure and recreational activities, life skills building, music and art activities, and more. Both programs are designed to engage participants and offer a personalized, goal oriented program that aligns with their personal goals and interests.

To make a referral, email dayservices@anixter.org.

Location:

CRS Choice
1802 W Berteau Avenue, Suite 105, Chicago, IL 60613

CRS Legacy
6610 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626

Funding:

Private Pay, Illinois Department of Human Services funding

CRS Choice Eligibility:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have an intellectual/developmental disability
  • Be independent with daily living skills
  • Does not require any medication administration during program hours
  • Does not pose any safety risks to self or others
  • Be able to participate in active, community-based programming for large portions of the day
  • Have a desire to work in the community or build employment readiness skills

CRS Legacy Eligibility:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have an intellectual/developmental disability
  • Does not pose any safety risks to self or others
  • Does not require any medication administration during program hours
  • Be able to eat orally with or without assistance

Adult Community Transition (ACT) Services

Located in the vibrant downtown of Highland Park the community-based ACT program supports adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities lead active lives in their community. Participants engage in recreational and social activities, volunteer and educational opportunities, life skills building, and community based activities. We also offer a variety of community outings that occur weekly. The ACT program is designed to engage participants and increase independence, self-confidence, and align with their personal goals and interests.

To make a referral, email dayservices@anixter.org.

Location:

1910 1st Street, Suite 2S
Highland Park, IL 60035

Eligibility:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have an intellectual/developmental disability
  • Be independent with daily living skills
  • Does not require any medication administration during program hours
  • Does not pose any safety risks to self or others
  • Be able to participate in active, community-based programming

Funding:

Private Pay

A woman and a man working together on literacy through the Jack Ehrlich Literacy Program

Jack Ehrlich Literacy Program

As the first and only program of its kind in Chicago to focus on serving individuals with disabilities, the Jack Ehrlich Literacy Program has been a leader in adult literacy for over 25 years. The Jack Ehrlich Literacy Program provides adult learners with free, one-to-one tutoring based on individualized goals. Tutoring can be held on site at 1802 W. Berteau Avenue or at a location best suited for the adult learner and tutor, such as a neighborhood library. From learning the alphabet and phonics to increasing reading levels, creative writing, and computer literacy, the adult literacy program supports adult learners of all abilities. Small group instruction for computer literacy and creative writing is also available.

To Make a Referral:

Contact the Anixter Center Literacy Coordinator at literacy@anixter.org.

Jack Ehrlich Literacy Program Eligibility:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to commit up to 1 hour each week to meet with tutor
  • Have the ability to meet tutor at agreed upon location
  • No minimum reading level or experience required

To learn more about Residential Services, please contact AskAnixter@anixter.org.

Anixter Center Residential Services for people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Depending on the needs of the person with the disability, Anixter’s residential support services range from home visits to services for families to 24-hour care. Settings vary from neighborhood buildings where 4-8 people are living in one home, to individual apartments leased by the person with a disability.

CILA: 24-hour Supervised Community Integrated Living Arrangements

Anixter Center’s 24-hour CILA services provide full-time supports for individuals residing in a variety of neighborhood homes with roommates. Staff are on-site at all times and offer opportunities for residents to build daily living skills and engage in community life.

I-CILA: Intermittent Community Integrated Living Arrangement (I-CILA) Services

Anixter Center’s I-CILA services are offered to clients who live on their own or with roommates or family. Caseworkers connect people with community services and offer direct assistance in life-skill areas such as medication compliance, budgeting, cleaning, nutrition, medical appointment follow-up and compliance, self-care, and linkage to community resources. I-CILA clients do not need a 24-hour supervised setting.

An older man with a great smile happy about the Anixter Center’s Residential Services Programs.

Eligibility:

A primary diagnosis of an Intellectual or Developmental Disability, meaning a severe, chronic disability attributed to a mental/cognitive or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairment diagnosed or that become obvious before the age of 22.

Funding:

Residents must have 60D CILA funding via the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) under the Illinois Department of Human Services.

To learn more about Employment Services, please contact AskAnixter@anixter.org.

Anixter Center’s Employment Services team provides training, job placement services, and retention support to help job seekers with disabilities increase their levels of self-advocacy, success in the workplace, and independence in the community. Programs offered include Supported Employment Program (SEP), Ticket to Work, Internship, and Inclusive Pathways.

Inclusive Pathways Program:

The Inclusive Pathways Program helps place Chicago Public School students with disabilities and individuals with disabilities who also face the employment barrier of reentering society following justice involvement in healthcare sector jobs. Qualified job seekers are placed in jobs with program partners University of Chicago Medicine and Sinai Healthcare systems.

Kessler Foundation Grants $400,000 to Anixter Center

Eligibility: Proof of disability, such as but not limited toverification by approved medical professionals, proof of Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI), an open DRS case, etc.

A woman, who was part of the Inclusive Pathways Program, is looking at a machine with great concertation and focus
A woman who is Anixter Center’s client is smiling about the Supported Employment Program

Supported Employment Program (SEP):

The Supported Employment Program serves individuals with significant disability who may need job coaching or other disability related supports.

Eligibility: An open case with IDHS / Department of Rehabilitation Services is required.

Ticket to Work Program:

The Ticket to Work Program provides direct job placement services.

Eligibility: Adults receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) may be eligible.

A very happy man who is an Anixter Center’s client is wearing business attire. He was in the Ticket to Work Program
A man is smiling while he works thanks to the Anixter Center’s Internship Program

Internship:

Hosted by Mesirow Financial in Chicago’s River North business district and the Westin O’Hare hotel in Rosemont, the Internship program provides training for eligible clients with disabilities in a 10-week onsite curriculum, after which they receive job placement services for jobs in Chicago and the nearby suburbs.

Eligibility: An open case with IDHS / Department of Rehabilitation Services is required.