Information found here includes service providers and sites to have homes and public places made accessible including home modifications.
- Extended Home Living Services, Inc. EHLS is a source for lifts and accessibility modifications in the Chicago area–serving Northeastern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, and Northwestern Indiana. Find out more about them by visiting their website at http://www.ehls.com/.
The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)(MOPD) HomeMod Program is run by the Mayor’s Office and enables people with disabilities of low to moderate income to have their homes and apartments modified for accessibility purposes. Eligibility mandates that the person with a disability be a Chicago resident, 59 years of age or younger, with certain income specifications.For more information, please call (312) 743-1523 or( 312)744-7833 (TTY) or visit Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. www.cityofchicago.org/disabilities
Illinois Healthcare and Family Services (HFS):The Illinois Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) administers the Medicaid program, providing health care assistance for qualified adults and children. In some cases, Medicaid will pay for home medical equipment, including lifts that do not require home modifications. Visit their site at http://www.hfs.illinois.gov/.
University of Illinois at Chicago Division of Specialized Care for Children Administered by the University of Illinois, this program can provide accessibility modifications for certain individuals under the age of 21 years with certain chronic physical disabilities and health impairments. For more information, please call the Chicago office at 312-996-6380 or visit www.uic.edu/hsc/dscc.
Illinois Department of Human Services Located through the state serving people with disabilities from ages 18-59. Government funding for home modifications through the Department of Rehab Services Department of Human Services Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) is available for qualifying individuals Please visit www.state.il.us/agency/dhs. Understanding Puns PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services) is a statewide database that records information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=47620.
The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, the statewide association representing the 23 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Illinois. INCIL is an authoritative source of information about the accomplishments and needs of Illinois CILs and about issues most critical to promoting independent living for all persons with disabilities. For more information, please visit http://www.incil.org/.
Regional Transportation Authority
Measurement Standards for Wheelchairs and Scooters on Public Transit 312-913-3146/ 312-913-3122 (TTY)Our CTA and Pace bus fleets are 100% accessible. Special equipment such as lifts, ramps, wheelchair securement areas, priority seating, and visual display announcements have been installed on all CTA and Pace buses to make fixed route bus service accessible to people with disabilities.http://www.rtachicago.com/accessibility/accessibility.html.
RAMP NOW: Ramp NOW rents, sells and installs lifts and ramps that assist individuals with mobility issues, granting access to places most people take for granted. http://www.rampnow.com/
Metra system, plus the South Shore Line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, are fully accessible to customers with disabilities. Metra has modified rail cars and made accessible most of its busiest train stations to accommodate individuals with hearing, vision, and mobility disabilities.Train service for customers with disabilities spans all six counties in metropolitan Chicago.http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/utility_landing/riding_metra/accessibility.html