Employment and Training for Adults with Autism

Employment and Training for Adults with Autism

Young Adults

Paid Employment Opportunities

Ada S. Mckinley Community Services

1359 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.554.0600
Email: info@adasmckinley.org

Child: Head Start & Early Learning, educational services, and clinical services.

Adult: Progamming includes day programs, employment services, and residential housing.


Aspiritech, NFP

Moshe Weitzberg, Director
427 Sheridan Rd., Suite 206
Highwood, IL 60040
(312) 945-8378
Email: info@aspiritech.org

Aspiritech is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide a path for high-functioning individuals on the autism spectrum to realize their potential through gainful employment. They harness individuals' unique abilities, includng attention to detail, precision, an affinity for repetitive tasks, outstanding technology skills, to provide competitively priced software testing services. They achieve this by providing their testers a combination of intensive training, structure, and support to mitigate potential workplace challenges. They do not require prior knowledge or job experience of software programming and/or testing for software testers. Applicant must be willing to work for at least four hours a day, five days a week; be able to commute to Aspiritech's office in Highland Park or client sites (northern Chicago area); and be diagnosed with high-functioning autism for ages 21 and up. Apply here


Aspire - Career Services

Career Program for Adults with Disabilities

Call 708.547.3560 or email to get started with an assessment.

Offers innovative job training and placement environment for adults with disabilities to explore job interests, receive hands-on training in a simulated workspace, and get placed in jobs that provide empowerment, satisfaction and a higher quality of living.


Autism2Work (Computer Aid Inc.)

Full time employment opportunities for individuals with autism spectrum disorder that range from office operations, quality assurance, data management, and program development depending on the organization that is found to be a best fit for skill set and interests. Email resume to the email above and an outreach specialist from CAI will contact you.


Autism Workforce

Contact: Amy Willer
(773) 575-5100
amy@autismworkforce.com

Our services target businesses, neurodiverse people in Transition Programs or adults looking for the employment.  We are located in La Grange, IL and service the Chicagoland Area. Our research-supported employment model successfully prepares both the company and the candidate. This collaboration results in having the right person in the right job, and a great return on investment for the company. Provide opportunities for mock interviews monthly for 15+ (through adulthood). 


AutonomyWorks

5120 Belmont Road
Downers Grove IL 60515
Email: contactus@emailautonomy.com

AutonomyWorks was founded in 2012 with one mission: To create thousands of job opportunities for individuals with autism and other disabilities, directly and by supporting others.  We do this by filling Process Execution roles such as website maintenance, data entry, quality assurance, and other tasks for companies of all sizes.


Ernst & Young: Core Business Services (CBS) team - Account Support Associate 

212 773 3549
Jamell.Mitchell@ey.com

Vocational program targeted to adults with ASD: As a CBS professional, individuals are given the opportunity to develop their career through a broad scope of engagements, mentoring and formal learning. Individuals work across teams to provide the knowledge, resources and tools that help EY deliver exceptional quality service to our clients, win in the marketplace and support EY’s growth and profitability. Major teams within CBS include Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Enterprise Support Services, Brand Marketing and Communications, Business Development, Knowledge and Risk Management.


JVS Career Planning Center

300 Revere St., Suite 205
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-412-4300
312-673-3439
barbarafriedman@jvschicago.org; jvsdisability@jvschicago.org

The JVS Career Planning Center offers a variety of disability service programming:

Career Connectors (ages 14-21): Serves youth both in and out of school to assess their employment strengths and goals in order to provide further education, vocational skills training, job placement, volunteerism, work experience and more.

Supported Employment: Assist participants in finding employment in the community and are provided with job readiness training, individualized job placement and job coaching and support as needed to maintain employment.

Employment Services: Provides individualized job development, resume preparation, vocational planning, application procedures, job placement and follow up services.

CareerTracks: A program for Jewish adults (ages 18-24) to aid in the transition from high school to employment and/or sustaining a college education. 

Additional programs include MentoringMatterns, youthability, and Ticket to Work.


The Spectrum Careers

Rangam and Autism Speaks have partnered to help bring employees and emplorers together. Learn more about Spectrum careers here.


SourcedAbled

SourceAbled leverages the latest technologies, workforce expertise, and strong ties to the disability community to deliver an integrated solution for attracting and hiring qualified talent with unique abilities.


Streator Unlimited, Inc.

305 N. Sterling St
Streator, IL 61364
Phone: (815) 673-5574

SUCCESS serves both businesses and people with disabilities. They match those they serve to a business, by learning the individual’s skills, interests, and ideal working conditions.


Tazewell County Resource Centers (TCRC)

21310 Illinois Route 9
Tremont, IL 61568
Phone: (309) 347-7148
Email: info@tcrcorg.com

Employment Services works to secure community employment for adults with developmental disabilities. Workers may be placed in Supported Employment (with supervision) or Competitive Employment (with limited supervision).


Teachability LLC

Teachability LLC is a social enterprise with the vision to be an interactive partner for matching people with differing abilities to meaningful employment opportunities based on characteristics of the person and the job tasks. 

Contact today

Vocational Training & Job Readiness Programs

Ada S. Mckinley Community Services

1359 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.554.0600
Email: info@adasmckinley.org

Child: Head Start & Early Learning, educational services, and clinical services.

Adult: Progamming includes day programs, employment services, and residential housing.


Access Living

115 West Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 640-2100  

Access Living offers services and support for people with disabilities in Chicago including home and community based services (personal support workers, support group, independent living skills classes, etc.), housing services, youth programs and legal services. 


Autism2Work (Computer Aid Inc.)

Full time employment opportunities for individuals with autism spectrum disorder that range from office operations, quality assurance, data management, and program development depending on the organization that is found to be a best fit for skill set and interests.  Email resume to the email above and an outreach specialist from CAI will contact you.


Autism Training Center at Giant Steps Illinois

Life Skills Vocational Program
Mary Jo Conway
2500 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 864-3800
DuPage County

Program's goal is to provide an opportunity for 10 adults who have the primary diagnosis of autism, to learn life skills and have meaningful employment. Program will offer two tracks: (1) supported track where individuals work in a sheltered environment within the autism training center; (2) independent track that will offer opportunities for employment in workplace settings with the use of a job coach. Includes community outings to give participants opportunities to develop appropriate recreational and social skills.

Ages: 22 years and up.
Private insurace accepted.
Cost: Please call Giant Steps for more information.
No wait list.


Autism Workforce

Contact: Amy Willer
(773) 575-5100
amy@autismworkforce.com

Our services target businesses, neurodiverse people in Transition Programs or adults looking for the employment.  We are located in La Grange, IL and service the Chicagoland Area. Our research-supported employment model successfully prepares both the company and the candidate. This collaboration results in having the right person in the right job, and a great return on investment for the company. Provide opportunities for mock interviews monthly for 15+ (through adulthood). 


Aspire - Career Services

Career Program for Adults with Disabilities

Call 708.547.3560 or email to get started with an assessment.

Offers innovative job training and placement environment for adults with disabilities to explore job interests, receive hands-on training in a simulated workspace, and get placed in jobs that provide empowerment, satisfaction and a higher quality of living.


Association for Individual Development

309 W. New Indian Trail Court
Aurora, IL 60506

Serving Aurora and McHenry 
Phone: (630) 966-4050

Provides child and adult services. Services for children include evaluation, psychiatry for medication management, outpatient therapy (individual, family, group, parent), and case management.  Services for adults include psychiatry for medication management, day programming, employment training and placement support, and both residential and supported living.


Blue Cap

Adult Day Services
2155 Broadway St.
Blue Island, IL 60406
(708) 389-6578

Offers individualized support and education to persons with developmental disabilities with an emphasis on vocational training and the teaching of daily living skills. Workshop provides a supervised work environment in which adults are trained to do a variety of jobs contracted from local industries. Supported employment offers individualized support to adults who are interested in community job placement, while providing local businesses with quality employees. Ages: 18 years and up.


Bravo Behavioral Health

Jayme Crooks BCBA
8140 McCormick Blvd Suite 141
Skokie, IL 60076
833-272-8624
support@bravobh.com

Bravo is an Applied Behavior Analysis Agency that sets out to serve all age groups and abilities. We aim to help aid in issues including in-home sessions, IEP support, transitional living, behavioral issues, and vocational training while providing a fun and engaging environment. 


Canopy Program at Giant Steps

Lillian Peterson, Director
Rich Harvest Farms
Sugar Grove, IL
Phone: (630) 864-3801
Email: lpeterson@mygiantsteps.org

Canopy works to incorporate a combination of activities, opportunities, and supports throughout each participant’s programming. This may include participation in community engagement outings, life skills opportunities, vocational readiness activities, leisure or recreational skill development including music therapy, media integration, and movement based sessions.

Ages 22 and up.


Center for Changing Lives

1955 N. Saint Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
773-342-6210
frontdesk@CCLconnect.org

CCL’s programs include financial coaching, employment coaching, resource coaching, office careers training program, and parent/child financial courses.


Chinese American Service League - Balancing Incentive Program

Felicia Li, employment specialist
2141 S. Tan Court
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 791-0418, ext. 3607
Cook County

The pre-employment training program helps people with disabilities with interview preparation, resume writing, and assistance with online job applications. They target individuals who are transitioning out of high school or who are ready to work. To qualify, the individual must have a low income and a developmental disability or a mental illness. The employment specialists will bring clients to job fairs and provide job matching, based on the client’s interest. They also serve as a job coach, where they learn the client’s job and assist in training the client on his or her job. Employment specialist will check with the employer and follow up very closely for the first one or two months. Follow up is up to one year.

Ages: 14 years and up.
No wait list.
Cost: state funded.


Clearbrook

Tina Yurik
(Administrative office)
1815 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 653-6635 ext 28
 

Workshop Services (DT-Getz) – Located in Palatine, clients perform jobs in a workshop setting and are paid based on their individual levels of productivity.  Jobs in the workshop are designed to help each individual prepare for a real work environment, either supported or independent.

Ages: 18 years and older.

Day programs
Tina Yurik 
Phone: 847-653-6635 ext 28

Clearbrook has a range of weekday community based services designed to support and guide our adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to lead full, rich and productive lives in their communities.  Individual needs and choices drive the services and supports.

  • Developmental Training, Riley 1 (Schaumburg) and Riley 2 (Rolling Meadows) – An individualized program plan is developed around each client, resulting in services that blend instruction, interaction with peers, interventions, activities, socialization and community participation.
  • Autism Services (Palatine and Park Ridge) – Clearbrook’s Autism Program (CAP) provides a highly structured schedule emphasizing community integration, recreational activities and opportunities for community-based employment experiences.  The staff ratio of 1:3.
  • CHOICE (Park Ridge and McHenry) – Clearbrook’s CHOICE program supports adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to identify and choose areas of interest while utilizing community-based opportunities for volunteering, employment, leisure activities and socializing.
  • PURSUIT (Rolling Meadows and Hanover Park) – PURSUIT is a collaborative program between Clearbrook and NWSRA, providing services that offer a variety of recreational and leisure activities and experiences in a structured setting.
  • ACES Senior Day Services (50 and over)– Activities and creative experiences for seniors, this program enhances the quality of life for its participants by providing programs and choices to meet the individual’s needs.

Ages: 18 years and older.


El Valor

Main Office: (312) 666-4511
Email: info@elvalor.net

  • Cicero: 2434 S Kildare Ave, Chicago, IL 60623
  • Pilsen: 1951 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
  • South Chicago: 3050 E 92nd St, Chicago, IL 60617

Child: Early Intervention, Head Start, Preschool and programming for early childhood

Adult: Programming includes day programs, vocational training and long-term residential housing


Have Dreams

Adult Services Program Coordinator
2020 Dempster
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-905-0702
Email: info@havedreams.org

Career Launch: Your First Job, Have Dreams Academy, Life SCILS


IPS Supported Employment Program

El Valor
LaMar Jenkins, Employment Specialist
Technology Center
1924 W. 21st St.
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 391-7181
Email: lamar.jenkins@elvalor.net

IPS supports young adults with developmental disability and mental illness to get a realistic transition plan to get employment based on their interest, aptitudes and abilities. IPS supports people in their efforts to acheive steady employment in mainstream competitive jobs, either part-time or full-time. The support will focus on vocational assessments, interviewing skills training, job placement, job coaching, job carving, and job rentention. Ages: 18-25 years


JVS Career Planning Center

300 Revere St., Suite 205
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-412-4300
312-673-3439
barbarafriedman@jvschicago.org; jvsdisability@jvschicago.org

The JVS Career Planning Center offers a variety of disability service programming:

Career Connectors (ages 14-21): Serves youth both in and out of school to assess their employment strengths and goals in order to provide further education, vocational skills training, job placement, volunteerism, work experience and more.

Supported Employment: Assist participants in finding employment in the community and are provided with job readiness training, individualized job placement and job coaching and support as needed to maintain employment.

Employment Services: Provides individualized job development, resume preparation, vocational planning, application procedures, job placement and follow up services.

CareerTracks: A program for Jewish adults (ages 18-24) to aid in the transition from high school to employment and/or sustaining a college education. 

Additional programs include MentoringMatterns, youthability, and Ticket to Work.


Little City - Adult Programs

1760 W. Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, IL 60067
Main Campus: 847-358-5510

700 N Sacramento, Ste 201
Chicago, IL 60612
Chicago office: 773-265-1539

We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.


Marklund

info@marklund.org 
(630) 593 5500

Locations in: 

Bloomingdale: 64 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Elgin: 1435 Summit Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120

Geneva: 1S450 Wyatt Drive, Geneva, IL 60134

Programs include Early Intervention services (Ages 0-3; 630-529-2871, ext. 2238), day school programming (Ages 3-21), day program services (Ages 18+) and residential services (all ages), and employment services for indiviudals with developmental disabilities. 


Marriott Foundation-Bridges Program

Kelly Pavich
850 W. Jackson
Chicago, IL 60607  
Phone: (312) 432-6240 ext 0
Email: kelly.pavich@marriott.com

We provide job-readiness training, resume building, interview preparation, retention and advancement employment services to individuals with disability. We help you find the right job match customized to meet your specific needs.


Midwest Asian Health Association - Balancing Incentive Program

230 W Cermak Road, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-8708

The free pre-employment training program helps people with disabilities (14 years and up) with interview preparation, resume writing, and assistance with online job applications. They target individuals who are transitioning out of high school or who are ready to work. To qualify, the individual must have a low income and a developmental disability or a mental illness. The employment specialists will bring clients to job fairs and provide job matching, based on the client’s interest. They also serve as a job coach, where they learn the client’s job and assist in training the client on his or her job. Employment specialist will check with the employer and follow up very closely for the first one or two months. Follow up is up to one year. 


Neumann Family Services

5547 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 769-4313
Email: info@neumannfamilyservices.org

Provides residential, career, day, clinical, support, medical clinic, and case management. Provides developmental training (DT) program for persons with autism.


No Boundaries

No Boundaries is a program of Search, Inc.

Nicole Heimdal
824 Dempster St.
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 869-0000, ext. 202
Email: nicole@jjslist.com or noboundaries@search-inc.org

Experiential on-land and on-line training for transitioning teens through adults with disabilities to build essential skills for the workplace and for living more independently in today’s world.


PACTT Learning Center

Adult Vocational Services
Chris Thomas, vocational services director
Oak Park and Rogers Park
Phone: (773) 299-4010
Email: learningcenter@pactt.org or cthomas@pactt.org

PACTT vocational services works to place people with autism in jobs that allow them to use their skills and take their place in the working world.


Park Lawn

10833 S. LaPorte
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 425-7377
Email: info@parklawn.com

Services include day programming, vocational and employment training, and personal support workers, as well as counseling, speech and language, occupational and physical therapy.


Pioneer Center for Human Services

4031 W Dayton St
McHenry, IL 60050
Phone: (815) 344-1230

Pioneer Center’s employment options helps adults with varying abilities, vocational skills and workplace experience to be employed.


Progress Center for Independent Living

Main Office: 7521 Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130
708-209-1500
info@progresscil.org

Satellite Office in Blue Island: 12940 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 60406
708-388-5011

Provides assistance in advocacy, housing issues, independent living skills training, and resources for personal support workers. Also provide services and activities designed to prepare young people with disabilities for the transition to higher education and employment.


Ray Graham Association

901 Warrenville Road, Suite 500
Lisle, IL 60532
630-620-2222
info@raygraham.org

Works with people with disabilities to provide residential, life skills, life coaching, day program, employment, recreational and family support services.


Rockin the Spectrum

Respite Care Services
Elizabeth – 224-538-9736, email: rockinthespectrum@yahoo.com
Located in Antioch – They serve, McHenry, DuPage, Cook and Lake Counties

Offering in-home support and care for your loved ones with disabilities, specializing in Autism. Services include: Respite/Care for all ages, Daily Living Skills training/Personal Support Worke, Parents support group and siblings support group.


Sertoma Centre, Inc.

Autism Services Program
Nicole Todd-Melquist, Program Manager
4343 W. 123rd St
Alsip, IL 60803-1807
Phone: (708) 371-9700, ext. 266
Email: ntodd@sertomacentre.org

This program provides opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum to participate in functional and meaningful activities within a structured environment.


Shore Community Services

info@shoreservices.org

1827 Brummel St, Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 864-5980

8350 Laramie Ave. Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 982-2030

Shore Joseph Koenig, Sr. Training Center is a vocational program supporting persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities ages 16 years and older.


Spectrum Vocational Services (Little Friends)

2302 Wisconsin Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-852-7520

The Supported Employment Program helps adults with disabilities find jobs in businesses throughout their community and provides training in the form of job coaching, transportation training, and vocational advocacy. Funded through DRS.


St. Coletta's of Illinois

18350 Crossing Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60487
(708) 342-5200

Provides a variety of adult service programming, including Developmental Training, Community Employment Programs, and Competitive Placement to assist persons with disabilities aquire training, obtaining and maintaining jobs within their local community.


Teachability LLC

Teachability LLC is a social enterprise with the vision to be an interactive partner for matching people with differing abilities to meaningful employment opportunities based on characteristics of the person and the job tasks. 

Contact today


Turning Pointe Career College

Ketra Kuniej, Career College Director/HR
1500 W. Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: 630-615-6032 
Email: kkuniej@turningpointeaf.org

The Career College is an educational and career exploration opportunity for adults with ASD, social and communication challenges and other learning differences.  Our goal at the Career College is for students to gain skills that prepare them for independent employment. We offer a highly individualized learning and training environment focusing on individual strengths, skills and areas of challenge. The Career College format is based on our C.O.P.E.S.™ model of instruction.  These core components (Communication, Organization, Positive Behavior Supports, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills and Sensory Needs) are the focus of our curriculum.   Additionally, we offer a Summer C.O.P.E.S.™ Course that will start in June of 2017.

Ages: 18 and up


Urban Autism Solutions

Julie Tracy, MA, CCC-SLP, QMHP
1212 W. Flournoy St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Founded in 2012, Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) is dedicated to changing outcomes for young adults (17-35) with autism through an integrated community life that advances social and vocational opportunities.


UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

3100 S. Central Ave
Cicero, IL 60804
Phone: (708) 863-3803
Email: info@seguin.org

The Life Skills Program also offers participants opportunities to engage in vocational experiences within the UCP Seguin Carr Center and at volunteer sites in the community.

Job Coach

Access Living

115 West Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 640-2100  

Access Living offers services and support for people with disabilities in Chicago including home and community based services (personal support workers, support group, independent living skills classes, etc.), housing services, youth programs and legal services. 


Bravo Behavioral Health

Jayme Crooks BCBA
8140 McCormick Blvd Suite 141
Skokie, IL 60076
833-272-8624
support@bravobh.com

Bravo is an Applied Behavior Analysis Agency that sets out to serve all age groups and abilities. We aim to help aid in issues including in-home sessions, IEP support, transitional living, behavioral issues, and vocational training while providing a fun and engaging environment. 


JVS Career Planning Center

300 Revere St., Suite 205
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-412-4300
312-673-3439
barbarafriedman@jvschicago.org; jvsdisability@jvschicago.org

The JVS Career Planning Center offers a variety of disability service programming:

Career Connectors (ages 14-21): Serves youth both in and out of school to assess their employment strengths and goals in order to provide further education, vocational skills training, job placement, volunteerism, work experience and more.

Supported Employment: Assist participants in finding employment in the community and are provided with job readiness training, individualized job placement and job coaching and support as needed to maintain employment.

Employment Services: Provides individualized job development, resume preparation, vocational planning, application procedures, job placement and follow up services.

CareerTracks: A program for Jewish adults (ages 18-24) to aid in the transition from high school to employment and/or sustaining a college education. 

Additional programs include MentoringMatterns, youthability, and Ticket to Work.


Lifespeed Behavioral Support Services

721 South Blvd. Suite 210
Oak Park IL 60302
P: (312) 404-7225   
ADMIN@UPTOLIFESPEED.COM

LifeSpeed provides systematic, individualized behavioral support to children, adolescents, young adults, and adults to ensure that each person with whom we work is successful in accomplishing their goals in the community and at home. The services we provide are based on an individualized, inclusive model of care that continues during the specific times (evenings, weekends, etc.) that people in need usually experience limited support options. Some of the individuals we serve lack important independent living skills, struggle with interpersonal communication, under-perform academically, need to develop a better sense of personal accountability, and/or feel “lost” in their current career path.


Park Lawn

10833 S. LaPorte
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 425-7377
Email: info@parklawn.com

Services include day programming, vocational and employment training, and personal support workers, as well as counseling, speech and language, occupational and physical therapy.


Progress Center for Independent Living

Main Office: 7521 Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130
708-209-1500
info@progresscil.org

Satellite Office in Blue Island: 12940 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 60406
708-388-5011

Provides assistance in advocacy, housing issues, independent living skills training, and resources for personal support workers. Also provide services and activities designed to prepare young people with disabilities for the transition to higher education and employment.

Adults

Paid Employment Opportunities

Ada S. Mckinley Community Services

1359 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.554.0600
Email: info@adasmckinley.org

Child: Head Start & Early Learning, educational services, and clinical services.

Adult: Progamming includes day programs, employment services, and residential housing.


Aspiritech, NFP

Moshe Weitzberg, Director
427 Sheridan Rd., Suite 206
Highwood, IL 60040
(312) 945-8378
Email: info@aspiritech.org

Aspiritech is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide a path for high-functioning individuals on the autism spectrum to realize their potential through gainful employment. They harness individuals' unique abilities, includng attention to detail, precision, an affinity for repetitive tasks, outstanding technology skills, to provide competitively priced software testing services. They achieve this by providing their testers a combination of intensive training, structure, and support to mitigate potential workplace challenges. They do not require prior knowledge or job experience of software programming and/or testing for software testers. Applicant must be willing to work for at least four hours a day, five days a week; be able to commute to Aspiritech's office in Highland Park or client sites (northern Chicago area); and be diagnosed with high-functioning autism for ages 21 and up. 

Apply here


 

Aspire - Career Services

Career Program for Adults with Disabilities

Call 708.547.3560 or email to get started with an assessment

Offers innovative job training and placement environment for adults with disabilities to explore job interests, receive hands-on training in a simulated workspace, and get placed in jobs that provide empowerment, satisfaction and a higher quality of living.


Autism2Work (Computer Aid Inc.)

Full time employment opportunities for individuals with autism spectrum disorder that range from office operations, quality assurance, data management, and program development depending on the organization that is found to be a best fit for skill set and interests.  Email resume to the email above and an outreach specialist from CAI will contact you.


AutonomyWorks

5120 Belmont Road
Downers Grove IL 60515
Email: contactus@emailautonomy.com

AutonomyWorks was founded in 2012 with one mission: To create thousands of job opportunities for individuals with autism and other disabilities, directly and by supporting others.  We do this by filling Process Execution roles such as website maintenance, data entry, quality assurance, and other tasks for companies of all sizes.


Ernst & Young: Core Business Services (CBS) team - Account Support Associate 

212 773 3549
Jamell.Mitchell@ey.com

Vocational program targeted to adults with ASD: As a CBS professional, individuals are given the opportunity to develop their career through a broad scope of engagements, mentoring and formal learning. Individuals work across teams to provide the knowledge, resources and tools that help EY deliver exceptional quality service to our clients, win in the marketplace and support EY’s growth and profitability. Major teams within CBS include Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Enterprise Support Services, Brand Marketing and Communications, Business Development, Knowledge and Risk Management.


JVS Career Planning Center

300 Revere St., Suite 205
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-412-4300
312-673-3439
barbarafriedman@jvschicago.org; jvsdisability@jvschicago.org

The JVS Career Planning Center offers a variety of disability service programming:

Career Connectors (ages 14-21): Serves youth both in and out of school to assess their employment strengths and goals in order to provide further education, vocational skills training, job placement, volunteerism, work experience and more.

Supported Employment: Assist participants in finding employment in the community and are provided with job readiness training, individualized job placement and job coaching and support as needed to maintain employment.

Employment Services: Provides individualized job development, resume preparation, vocational planning, application procedures, job placement and follow up services.

CareerTracks: A program for Jewish adults (ages 18-24) to aid in the transition from high school to employment and/or sustaining a college education. 

Additional programs include MentoringMatterns, youthability, and Ticket to Work.


SourcedAbled

SourceAbled leverages the latest technologies, workforce expertise, and strong ties to the disability community to deliver an integrated solution for attracting and hiring qualified talent with unique abilities.


The Spectrum Careers

Rangam and Autism Speaks have partnered to help bring employees and emplorers together. Learn more about Spectrum careers here.


Tazewell County Resource Centers (TCRC)

21310 Illinois Route 9
Tremont, IL 61568
Phone: (309) 347-7148
Email: info@tcrcorg.com

Employment Services works to secure community employment for adults with developmental disabilities. Workers may be placed in Supported Employment (with supervision) or Competitive Employment (with limited supervision).

Vocational Training Opportunities

Ada S. Mckinley Community Services

1359 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.554.0600
Email: info@adasmckinley.org

Child: Head Start & Early Learning, educational services, and clinical services.

Adult: Progamming includes day programs, employment services, and residential housing.


Access Living

115 West Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 640-2100  

Access Living offers services and support for people with disabilities in Chicago including home and community based services (personal support workers, support group, independent living skills classes, etc.), housing services, youth programs and legal services. 


Aspiritech, NFP

Moshe Weitzberg, Director
427 Sheridan Rd., Suite 206
Highwood, IL 60040
(312) 945-8378
Email: info@aspiritech.org

Aspiritech is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide a path for high-functioning individuals on the autism spectrum to realize their potential through gainful employment. They harness individuals' unique abilities, includng attention to detail, precision, an affinity for repetitive tasks, outstanding technology skills, to provide competitively priced software testing services. They achieve this by providing their testers a combination of intensive training, structure, and support to mitigate potential workplace challenges. They do not require prior knowledge or job experience of software programming and/or testing for software testers. Applicant must be willing to work for at least four hours a day, five days a week; be able to commute to Aspiritech's office in Highland Park or client sites (northern Chicago area); and be diagnosed with high-functioning autism for ages 21 and up. 

Apply here


Aspire - Career Services

Career Program for Adults with Disabilities

Call 708.547.3560 or email to get started with an assessment

Offers innovative job training and placement environment for adults with disabilities to explore job interests, receive hands-on training in a simulated workspace, and get placed in jobs that provide empowerment, satisfaction and a higher quality of living.


Arc of Illinois 

Family Manual - Transition to Employment and Adult Services for Youth with Developmental Disabilities in Illinois, The Arc of Illinois.

The purpose of this manual is to assist families of young adults with developmental disabilities with the transition from the school system and services for children to the world of work and adult services.


Autism Workforce

Contact: Amy Willer
(773) 575-5100
amy@autismworkforce.com

Our services target businesses, neurodiverse people in Transition Programs or adults looking for the employment.  We are located in La Grange, IL and service the Chicagoland Area. Our research-supported employment model successfully prepares both the company and the candidate. This collaboration results in having the right person in the right job, and a great return on investment for the company. Provide opportunities for mock interviews monthly for 15+ (through adulthood). 


Center for Changing Lives

1955 N. Saint Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
773-342-6210
frontdesk@CCLconnect.org

CCL’s programs include financial coaching, employment coaching, resource coaching, office careers training program, and parent/child financial courses.


Clearbrook

Tina Yurik
(Administrative office)
1815 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 653-6635 ext 28

Employment & Training Services – A full spectrum of work services are offered that help people with intellectual/developmental disabilities learn skills, gain experience and find meaningful employment that matches their interests and skills.

  • Job Training – The community employment training program offers specialized in-house and community-based training to clients in a variety of work environments for the purpose of developing skills for supported and independent employment.
  • Supported Community Employment – Clients receive onsite training and support from a Job Coach who helps them focus on achieving success at their community-based job.

Ages: 18 years and up


Connect to Community

Connect to Community is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding and facilitating purposeful employment and enjoyment for adults with developmental disabilities. Further, in an effort to help these adults live the lives they desire and deserve within the community, we will provide person-centered services across all aspects of community life.

Upcoming events here


El Valor

Main Office: (312) 666-4511

Email: info@elvalor.net

Cicero: 2434 S Kildare Ave, Chicago, IL 60623

Pilsen: 1951 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608

South Chicago: 3050 E 92nd St, Chicago, IL 60617

Child: Early Intervention, Head Start, Preschool and programming for early childhood

Adult: Programming includes day programs, vocational training and long-term residential housing


Have Dreams

Sara LaMontagne; Adult Services Program Coordinator
2020 Dempster
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-905-0702
Email: slamontagne@havedreams.org

Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University: This one year business-based transition program is for young adults with ASD in their last year of high school transition, who have the goal of competitive employment.


IPS Supported Employment Program

El Valor
LaMar Jenkins, Employment Specialist
Technology Center
1924 W. 21st St.
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 391-7181
Email: lamar.jenkins@elvalor.net

IPS supports young adults with developmental disability and mental illness to get a realistic transition plan to get employment based on their interest, aptitudes and abilities. IPS supports people in their efforts to acheive steady employment in mainstream competitive jobs, either part-time or full-time. The support will focus on vocational assessments, interviewing skills training, job placement, job coaching, job carving, and job rentention.

Ages: 18-25 years


JVS Career Planning Center

300 Revere St., Suite 205
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-412-4300
312-673-3439
barbarafriedman@jvschicago.org; jvsdisability@jvschicago.org

The JVS Career Planning Center offers a variety of disability service programming:

Career Connectors (ages 14-21): Serves youth both in and out of school to assess their employment strengths and goals in order to provide further education, vocational skills training, job placement, volunteerism, work experience and more.

Supported Employment: Assist participants in finding employment in the community and are provided with job readiness training, individualized job placement and job coaching and support as needed to maintain employment.

Employment Services: Provides individualized job development, resume preparation, vocational planning, application procedures, job placement and follow up services.

CareerTracks: A program for Jewish adults (ages 18-24) to aid in the transition from high school to employment and/or sustaining a college education. 

Additional programs include MentoringMatterns, youthability, and Ticket to Work.


Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL)

Lake County Office:
377 N. Seymour Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 949-4440

McHenry County Office:
5400 W. Elm Street, Suite 106
McHenry, IL 60050
(855) 246-8531

info@lccil.org

Provides information & referrals service, independent life skills training, peer mentoring, advocacy and transition services.


Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

140 N. Wright St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: (630) 305-4196, ext. 3
Email: pboheme@lilfriends.com

Services include evaluation and treatment for autism spectrum disorder, including psychological, speech, occupational therapy, and social skills. Additionally, residential services are available to both children and adults needing more supported care.


Marklund

info@marklund.org 
(630) 593-5500

Locations in: 

Bloomingdale: 64 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Elgin: 1435 Summit Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120

Geneva: 1S450 Wyatt Drive, Geneva, IL 60134

Programs include Early Intervention services (Ages 0-3; 630-529-2871, ext. 2238), day school programming (Ages 3-21), day program services (Ages 18+) and residential services (all ages), and employment services for indiviudals with developmental disabilities. 


Neumann Family Services

5547 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 769-4313
Email: info@neumannfamilyservices.org

Provides residential, career, day, clinical, support, medical clinic, and case management. Provides developmental training (DT) program for persons with autism.


No Boundaries

No Boundaries is a program of Search, Inc.

Nicole Heimdal
824 Dempster St.
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 869-0000, ext. 202
Email: nicole@jjslist.com or noboundaries@search-inc.org

Experiential on-land and on-line training for transitioning teens through adults with disabilities to build essential skills for the workplace and for living more independently in today’s world.


Opportunity House

357 N. California Street
Sycamore, IL 
Phone: (815) 895-9840
info@ohinc.org

Not-for-profit, provides job placement, supported employment, work services, developmental training, special olympics, recreation, residential living, and respite.


Park Lawn

10833 S. LaPorte
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 425-7377
Email: info@parklawn.com

Services include day programming, vocational and employment training, and personal support workers, as well as counseling, speech and language, occupational and physical therapy.


Pioneer Center for Human Services

4031 W Dayton St
McHenry, IL 60050
Phone: (815) 344-1230

Pioneer Center’s employment options helps adults with varying abilities, vocational skills and workplace experience to be employed.


Progress Center for Independent Living

Main Office:
7521 Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130
708-209-1500
info@progresscil.org

Satellite Office in Blue Island: 
12940 S. Western Ave.
Blue Island, IL 60406
708-388-5011

Provides assistance in advocacy, housing issues, independent living skills training, and resources for personal support workers. Also provide services and activities designed to prepare young people with disabilities for the transition to higher education and employment.


Rockin the Spectrum

Respite Care Services
Elizabeth – 224-538-9736, email: rockinthespectrum@yahoo.com
Located in Antioch – They serve, McHenry, DuPage, Cook and Lake Counties

Offering in-home support and care for your loved ones with disabilities, specializing in Autism. Services include: Respite/Care for all ages, Daily Living Skills training/Personal Support Worke, Parents support group and siblings support group.


Shore Community Services

info@shoreservices.org

1827 Brummel St
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 864-5980

8350 Laramie Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 982-2030

Shore Joseph Koenig, Sr. Training Center is a vocational program supporting persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities ages 16 years and older.


Streator Unlimited, Inc.

305 N. Sterling St
Streator, IL 61364
Phone: (815) 673-5574

SUCCESS serves both businesses and people with disabilities. They match those they serve to a business, by learning the individual’s skills, interests, and ideal working conditions.


Spectrum Vocational Services (Little Friends)

2302 Wisconsin Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-852-7520

The Supported Employment Program helps adults with disabilities find jobs in businesses throughout their community and provides training in the form of job coaching, transportation training, and vocational advocacy. Funded through DRS.


St. Coletta's of Illinois

18350 Crossing Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60487
(708) 342-5200

Provides a variety of adult service programming, including Developmental Training, Community Employment Programs, and Competitive Placement to assist persons with disabilities aquire training, obtaining and maintaining jobs within their local community.


Tazewell County Resource Centers (TCRC)

21310 Illinois Route 9
Tremont, IL 61568
Phone: (309) 347-7148
Email: info@tcrcorg.com

Employment Services works to secure community employment for adults with developmental disabilities. Workers may be placed in Supported Employment (with supervision) or Competitive Employment (with limited supervision).


Teachability LLC

Teachability LLC is a social enterprise with the vision to be an interactive partner for matching people with differing abilities to meaningful employment opportunities based on characteristics of the person and the job tasks. 

Contact today


Turning Pointe Career College

Ketra Kuniej, Career College Director/HR
1500 W. Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: 630-615-6032 
Email: kkuniej@turningpointeaf.org

The Career College is an educational and career exploration opportunity for adults with ASD, social and communication challenges and other learning differences.  Our goal at the Career College is for students to gain skills that prepare them for independent employment. We offer a highly individualized learning and training environment focusing on individual strengths, skills and areas of challenge. The Career College format is based on our C.O.P.E.S.™ model of instruction.  These core components (Communication, Organization, Positive Behavior Supports, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills and Sensory Needs) are the focus of our curriculum. Additionally, we offer a Summer C.O.P.E.S.™ Course that will start in June of 2017.

Ages: 18 and up


UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

3100 S. Central Ave
Cicero, IL 60804
Phone: (708) 863-3803
Email: info@seguin.org

The Employment Services team helps to develop and facilitate relationships at the work site that foster support networks for workers with disabilities. The Employment Services staff provides support in the research phase, job search, application process, orientation and on-going supports once a person has secured employment.


Urban Autism Solutions

Julie Tracy, MA, CCC-SLP, QMHP
1212 W. Flournoy St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Founded in 2012, Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) is dedicated to changing outcomes for young adults (17-35) with autism through an integrated community life that advances social and vocational opportunities.

Job Coach

Access Living

115 West Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 640-2100  

Access Living offers services and support for people with disabilities in Chicago including home and community based services (personal support workers, support group, independent living skills classes, etc.), housing services, youth programs and legal services. 


Bravo Behavioral Health

Jayme Crooks BCBA
8140 McCormick Blvd Suite 141
Skokie, IL 60076
833-272-8624
support@bravobh.com

Bravo is an Applied Behavior Analysis Agency that sets out to serve all age groups and abilities. We aim to help aid in issues including in-home sessions, IEP support, transitional living, behavioral issues, and vocational training while providing a fun and engaging environment. 


JVS Career Planning Center

300 Revere St., Suite 205
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-412-4300
312-673-3439
barbarafriedman@jvschicago.org; jvsdisability@jvschicago.org

The JVS Career Planning Center offers a variety of disability service programming:

Career Connectors (ages 14-21): Serves youth both in and out of school to assess their employment strengths and goals in order to provide further education, vocational skills training, job placement, volunteerism, work experience and more.

Supported Employment: Assist participants in finding employment in the community and are provided with job readiness training, individualized job placement and job coaching and support as needed to maintain employment.

Employment Services: Provides individualized job development, resume preparation, vocational planning, application procedures, job placement and follow up services.

CareerTracks: A program for Jewish adults (ages 18-24) to aid in the transition from high school to employment and/or sustaining a college education. 

Additional programs include MentoringMatterns, youthability, and Ticket to Work.


Lifespeed Behavioral Support Services

721 South Blvd. Suite 210
Oak Park IL 60302
P: (312) 404-7225   
ADMIN@UPTOLIFESPEED.COM

LifeSpeed provides systematic, individualized behavioral support to children, adolescents, young adults, and adults to ensure that each person with whom we work is successful in accomplishing their goals in the community and at home. The services we provide are based on an individualized, inclusive model of care that continues during the specific times (evenings, weekends, etc.) that people in need usually experience limited support options. Some of the individuals we serve lack important independent living skills, struggle with interpersonal communication, under-perform academically, need to develop a better sense of personal accountability, and/or feel “lost” in their current career path.


Park Lawn

10833 S. LaPorte
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 425-7377
Email: info@parklawn.com

Services include day programming, vocational and employment training, and personal support workers, as well as counseling, speech and language, occupational and physical therapy.


Progress Center for Independent Living

Main Office:
7521 Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130
708-209-1500
info@progresscil.org

Satellite Office in Blue Island: 
12940 S. Western Ave.
Blue Island, IL 60406
708-388-5011

Provides assistance in advocacy, housing issues, independent living skills training, and resources for personal support workers. Also provide services and activities designed to prepare young people with disabilities for the transition to higher education and employment.