Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education - Wood - DHS 4603

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

Comprehensive training for individuals who are blind or visually impaired

The Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services' Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education-Wood (ICRE-Wood) is an educational program for adults who are visually impaired, originally established within the Bureau of Blind Services.

The mission of ICRE-Wood is to assist individuals with vision loss in achieving their highest level of vocational, professional, and personal independence. ICRE-Wood staff work one-on-one with each participant to ensure that services are individualized to meet his or her unique needs.

ICRE-Wood's classroom environments are informal and safe, offering all individuals the opportunity to pace themselves and enhance their individual needs as they grow toward independence.

Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education - Wood

Since 1965, thousands of men and women with visual impairments have benefited from ICRE-Wood. ICRE-Wood provides a concentrated, short-term residential program for adults who are blind or visually impaired. The 14-week program includes courses in mobility, communications, and activities of daily living. Throughout their stay, customers work closely with ICRE-Wood's professional staff to develop and implement their individual rehabilitation plans.

Specialized vocational rehabilitation services are also available to assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment. ICRE-Wood offers commuter and residential services to residents of Illinois who are visually impaired. Customers who live outside of commuting distance are given first priority in the dormitory.


ICRE-Wood offers specialized activities tailored to meet each customer's needs:

Orientation and Mobility

Skills of Orientation

  • Compass direction, spatial relationships, echo sounding, and comparative measures

Skills of Mobility

  • Sighted guide techniques, white cane techniques, street crossings, and public transportation.


  • Un-contracted and contracted Braille reading, writing, and application of Braille
  • Assistive Technology, Typing and word processing
  • Computers, Magnification and screen readers, Application and tools, resources

Adaptive Daily Living

  • Food Preparation
  • Cleaning and laundry
  • Organization
  • Personal Care
  • Resources

Additional Services Include:

  • Low Vision Evaluation Services
  • Health Services
  • G.E.D. Preparation
  • Senior Adult Programs
  • Student Transition Programs
  • Group and Individual Counseling


Illinois residents, ages 16 years or older, who are blind or visually impaired are eligible for ICRE-Wood services. A special Senior Program is also available for people who are over 55.


There is no cost to customers for ICRE-Wood's rehabilitation teaching services and training.

For more information about ICRE-Wood, contact:

1151 S. Wood Street
Chicago, IL 60612

1-312-633-3520 (Voice)
1-888-261-7913 (TTY)

For information on other programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, contact:

Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Bureau of Blind Services
809 Commercial Avenue
Springfield, IL 62703

217-785-3887 and 217-785-3888
TTY/NexTalk: 1-866-704-2313

Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs.

DHS 4603 (R-07-09) DRS ICRE-Wood
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