Empowering People with Disabilities through Independent Living - DHS 4041

State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

Independent Living

The Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) fully embraces the belief that independent living means people with disabilities have the right to control their lives by making informed choices that enable them to actively participate in all aspects of society.

Through the Independent Living Program, DRS funds a statewide network of Centers for Independent Living that provides accessible programs and services designed to help all people with disabilities live more independently.

Centers for Independent Living are:

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Consumer-controlled organizations
  • Managed by persons with disabilities
  • Non-residential organizations
  • Community-based organizations

Centers for Independent Living must offer:

  • Advocacy
  • Peer counseling
  • Information and referral services
  • Independent living skills training
  • Transition services

Other services Centers for Independent Living may offer include:

  • Community reintegration programs
  • Personal assistance programs
  • Housing services
  • Accessibility services
  • Job readiness training
  • Youth programs

Clearly, Centers for Independent Living are not social service agencies - they are agents for social change.

To locate the Center for Independent Living nearest you, go to www.incil.org or call the DRS Independent Living Unit:

Springfield - 217-782-9689 (Voice and TTY); 217-557-9036 (Fax) or

(866) 324-5553 TTY/Nextalk or 711 TTY Relay

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

115 West Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60607

312-640-2100(Voice), 888-253-7003(TTY)

Serving City of Chicago

Achieving Independence and Mobility

3130 Finley Avenue, Suite 500

Downers Grove, IL 60515

630-469-2300(Voice and TTY)

Serving DuPage, Kane, and Kendall

Advocates for Access

4450 N. Prospect Road, Suite C8

Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616

309-682-3500(Voice), 309-682-3567(TTY)

Serving Fulton, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford

Disability Resource Center

77 N. 129th Infantry Drive

Joliet, IL 60435

815-729-0162(Voice), 815-729-2085(TTY)

Serving Grundy and Will

Illinois-Iowa Center for Independent Living

501 11th Street

P.O. Box 6156

Rock Island, IL 61201-6165

309-793-0090(Voice), 309-793-0693(TTY)

Serving Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island in Illinois and Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott in Iowa

Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living

18 Gunia Drive

LaSalle, Illinois 61301-9712

815-224-3126(Voice), 815-224-8271(TTY)

Serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark

IMPACT Center for Independent Living

2735 East Broadway

Alton, Illinois 62002

618-462-1411(Voice), 618-474-5333(TTY)

Serving Bond Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, and Madison

Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living

15 Permac Road

Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

217-245-8371(Voice and TTY)

Serving Cass, Mason, Scott, and Morgan

Lake County Center for Independent Living

377 North Seymour Avenue

Mundelein, Illinois 60060

847-949-4440(Voice and TTY)

Serving Lake and McHenry

Living Independence For Everyone

2201 Eastland Drive, Suite #1

Bloomington, Illinois 61704

309-663-5433(Voice), 309-663-0054(TTY)

Serving Dewitt, Ford, Livingston, and McLean

LINC, Inc.

#15 Emerald Terrace

Swansea, Illinois 62226

618-235-9988(Voice), 618-235-0451(TTY)

Serving Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair

Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living

412 Locust Street

Sterling, Illinois 61081

815- 625-7860(Voice), 815-625-7863(TTY)

Serving Carroll, JoDaviess, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside

Opportunities for Access

4206 Williamson Place, Suite 3

Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864

618-244-9212(Voice), 618-244-9575(TTY)

Serving Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper, Jefferson, Marion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, and White

Options Center for Independent Living

22 Heritage Drive, Suite 107

Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914

815-936-0100(Voice), 815-936-0132(TTY)

Serving Iroquois and Kankakee

Persons Assuming Control of their Environment

1317 East Florida Avenue, #27

Urbana, Illinois 61801

217-344-5433(Voice), 217-344-5024(TTY)

Serving Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Piatt, and Vermilion

Progress Center for Independent Living

7521 Madison Street

Forest Park, Illinois 60130

708-209-1500(Voice), 708-209-1827(TTY)

708-689-1378(Video Relay)

Serving Suburban Cook

Regional Access and Mobilization Project

202 Market Street

Rockford, Illinois 61107

815-968-7467(Voice and TTY)

Serving Boone, DeKalb, Stephenson, and Winnebago

Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living

2135 West Ramada Lane

Carbondale, Illinois 62901

618-457-3318(Voice and TTY)

Serving Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Perry, Saline, and Williamson

Soyland Access to Independent Living

2449 Federal Drive

Decatur, Illinois 62526

217-876-8888(Voice and TTY)

Serving Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Macon, Moultrie, and Shelby

Springfield Center for Independent Living

330 South Grand Avenue West

Springfield, Illinois 62704

217-523-2587(Voice), 217-523-4032(TTY)

Serving Christian, Logan, Menard, Montgomery, and Sangamon

Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living

39 North Prairie

Galesburg, Illinois 61401

309-344-1306(Voice) 309-344-1269(TTY)

Serving Henderson, Knox, and Warren

West Central Illinois Center for Independent Living

639 York, Suite 204

Quincy, Illinois 62301

217-223-0400(Voice), 217-223-0475(TTY)

Serving Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough, Pike, and Schuyler

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Illinois Department of Human Services

Division of Rehabilitation Services

Independent Living Unit

100 South Grand Avenue East

P.O. Box 19429

Springfield, Illinois 62794-9429

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the DHS office where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov. You may also write the Department of Human Services (IDHS) at Department of Human Services, Bureau of Civil Affairs, 401 South Clinton St., 2nd Floor, Chicago, Illinois, 60607 or call the IDHS Helpline Number at 1-800- 843-6154 or 866-324-5553 TTY/Nextalk or 711 TTY Relay. DHS, HHS, and USDA are equal opportunity providers and employers. The State of Illinois provides reasonable accommodations according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

DHS 4041 (R-06-17) DRS/Independent Living Printed by Authority of the State of Illinois 6000 copies P.O.#17-2117