Accessibility Resources: Signing & Communication

Part of the vision of Lake Forest Library is to "enable everyone in the community to fulfill the universal desire to learn, explore, and belong." Our series of Accessibility Resources pages lists local nonprofit organizations that provide resources and services to help you or someone you know succeed and feel welcome in Chicago's North Shore.

The list is not comprehensive and is provided for informational purposes. The Library does not endorse nor sponsor these organizations. Specific questions regarding these groups should be directed to the organization.

For information about the Library's Accessibility Collections, Homebound Services, and other supports, please visit our Accessibility page.

Signing & Communication

Anixter Center

Mission Statement

Anixter Center’s mission is to provide an array of services and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and related challenges to live, learn, work, and play in the community. Our leadership team and staff are committed to moving the mission forward.

Adult Services

  • Day Services
  • Residential Services
  • Housing
  • Employment Services
  • Substance Use Disorder Assistance
  • Community Mental Health Services
  • Recovery Hub/Safe Space
  • Mental Health Outreach
  • Works with Chicago Hearing Society for Hearing, Deaf, and DeafBlind Services


Administration Office

1945 W Wilson Ave
Chicago IL 60640


Residential Office

6610 N Clark St
Chicago IL 60626


Anixter Center website

Center for Enriched Living

Mission Statement

The Center for Enriched Living exists so that people with developmental disabilities can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a good quality of life.

Adult Services

  • Social Enrichment
  • Recreational Enrichment
  • Educational Enrichment


280 Saunders Rd
Riverwoods IL 60015


The Center for Enriched Living website

Chicago Hearing Society

Mission Statement

Providing Communication Access; Hearing and Assistive Technologies; and Support Services for Persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing.

Youth & Adult Services

  • Hearing Evaluations
  • Hearing Aid Selection and Fittings
  • Hear the Cheers Program
  • Pediatric Hearing Aids
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Tinnitus Assistance
  • Assistive Technology
  • Hearing Protection
  • Interpreter and Captioning Services
  • Audiology Services
  • Community Outreach and Advocacy
  • ASL Classes for Children, Adults, and Families


1444 W Willow St
Chicago IL 60642

Main Phone


Video Phone


Chicago Hearing Society website

Extra Care

Mission Statement

Offering opportunities for people afflicted with memory loss, such as Alzheimer's disease or other related dementia, to maximize their intellectual and social abilities through a supportive day program of supervised fun activities, thereby providing relief for the caregivers.

Adult Services

  • Support groups for caregivers and adults with dementia
  • Social Activities
  • Programs geared towards encouraging mental, physical, and creative abilities.


18630 W Old Gages Lake Rd
Grayslake IL 60030


Extra Care website

Faith in Action

Mission Statement

The mission of Faith in Action is to help older adults maintain their independence and improve their quality of life. Volunteers help with many forms of non-medical assistance, such as transportation to medical and other appointments, help with shopping, reading or bill paying, minor home repairs, friendly visiting and telephone support, and respite care for family caregivers.

Faith in Action is non-sectarian. There is no charge for services, and they serve seniors of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and those residing within the Lake Forest High School District 115 regardless of their religious affiliation. This service is supported by a grant from the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Citizens Foundation.

Adult Services

  • Non-emergency transportation services in Southeast Lake County
  • Errand Service
  • Respite care
  • Social Support
  • Information and Referral


1510 Old Deerfield Rd Ste #205
Highland Park IL 60035


Faith in Action website

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports (GLASA)

Mission Statement

We strive to ‘Let No One Sit on the Sidelines’ and operate under a mission to promote and support the optimal development and well-being of youth, adults, and military veterans who have a physical or visual disability through the provision of inclusive recreation, fitness, and competitive sports activities.

Youth & Adult Services

GLASA provides programming to individuals with physical and visual disabilities. Programming can be adapted to meet the needs of individuals who use manual or power wheelchairs, in addition to those with ambulatory disabilities. GLASA serves athletes who have disabilities such as:

  • Amputation
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spina Bifida
  • Stroke
  • Visual Impairment

GLASA believes that health is a lifelong pursuit and offers programs for individuals ages 6–60+. Specialized programming is offered to injured military veterans. Additionally, programming is offered without regard to socioeconomic status. No one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay. Recreational and competitive programs are available; no prior experience is necessary to join a GLASA program.


27864 Irma Lee Circle #101
Lake Forest IL 60045


Great Lakes Adaptive Sports website

Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC)

Mission Statement

ITAC has been issuing free equipment in Illinois since 1988. ITAC is a Not-for-Profit serving the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, DeafBlind, and Speech-Disabled communities. 

Youth & Adult Services

  • Provides applications and free devices for those who qualify. Devices include: 

  • Amplified Phones, Captioned Phones, and Cell Phone Amplifiers 

  • Electrolarynx, Speech iPad, and Speech App 

  • TTY and iPhone loans 

  • Assistance with phone provider monthly remittance fees 


3001 Montvale Drive Suite A 

Springfield, Illinois 62704 


ITAC website

Lake County Center for Independent Living

Mission Statement

It is LCCIL's mission to empower people with disabilities to lead self-directed lives as valued members of the community.

We achieve our mission through programs within these core services:

  • Information and Referral
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Advocacy
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Transition

Youth & Adult Services

  • Amplified Phones Program
  • Assistive Technology and Braille Training
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Adult Employment Readiness
  • Youth Employment Readiness
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Advocacy and Leadership Training
  • Community Transition Services
  • Pre-employment Transition Services
  • Youth Transition Services


377 N Seymour Ave
Mundelein IL 60060


Lake County Center for Independent Living website

Lake County Supportive Living Program

Mission Statement

​Illinois developed the Supportive Living Program (SLP) as an alternative to nursing home care for low-income older persons and persons with physical disabilities under Medicaid. By offering personal care and other services, residents can live independently and take part in decision-making. Personal choice, dignity, privacy, and individuality are emphasized.

Adult Services

Resources and services vary by location. See the Provider Fact Sheet.

  • Intermittent Nursing Services
  • Social/Recreational Programming
  • Health Promotion & Exercise Programs
  • Medication Oversight
  • Ancillary Services
  • 24-hour Response/Security
  • Personal Care
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping
  • Maintenance
  • Meals and snacks


  • Azpira Place in Lake Zurich
  • Barton Senior Residences of Zion
  • Heritage Woods of Gurnee
  • Oak Hill SLF in Round Lake Beach
  • Stonebridge of Gurnee
  • Victory Centre of Vernon Hills


Lake County Supportive Living Program website

Lake Forest Parks and Rec Adaptive Sports

Mission Statement

To facilitate the growth, development, and improvement of the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation facilities and offerings to the community.

Partners with Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association for more options. The organization is below.

Youth Services

Buddy Sports offers various programs for players with developmental and/or physical disabilities including:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Dance
  • Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing is also offered outside of Buddy Sports.


400 Hastings Rd
Lake Forest IL 60045


Adaptive Sports website

Lambs Farm

Mission Statement

Helping people with developmental disabilities lead productive, happy lives and connect with the human spirit in us all.

Adult Services

  • Residential Services
  • Vocational Services
  • Community Employment Services
  • Wellness, Leisure, & Recreational Services
  • Home-based Support Facilitation
  • Business and Attractions


14245 W Rockland Rd
Libertyville IL 60048


Lambs Farm website

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association

Mission Statement

To enrich the lives of people with disabilities in our partner communities through quality recreation services.

Youth & Adult Services

NSSRA runs more than 500 programs every year. Their programs can be challenging or competitive, with integral educational and social components as well as fun.

  • Youth and Adult Programs
  • Gator Athletics (Special Olympics)
  • Day camps
  • Overnight trips
  • Lead: Leisure Education Awareness and Discovery
  • Special events


1221 County Line Rd
Highland Park IL 60035


Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association website

Ride Lake County

Mission Statement

Ride Lake County is a borderless countywide paratransit service that provides seniors age 60+ and people with disabilities transportation to any area of Lake County for work, shopping, medical appointments, and more.

Adult Services

Ride Lake County is a borderless countywide paratransit service that provides seniors age 60+ and people with disabilities transportation to any area of Lake County for work, shopping, medical appointments, and more.


To book a trip, call the Pace Call Center between 5:30 am and 6:00 pm.


Ride Lake County website

Riverside Foundation

Mission Statement

Riverside Foundation will provide quality services and supports to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ensuring opportunities for individual choice and with a commitment to providing these supports in a positive caring environment.

Adult Services

  • Campus for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Group Homes for Independence and Community
  • Work & Activity Center Develops Life-skills



14588 W Highway 22
Lincolnshire IL 60069


Activity Center in Vernon Hills


Riverside Foundation website

Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County (SRACLC)

Mission Statement

The Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County provides recreation programs and services to individuals with special needs or disabilities, and their families, who reside within the boundaries of Member Agency communities.

Youth & Adult Services

  • Youth and Teen Programs
  • Teen/Adult Programs
  • Adult Day Programs
  • After School Programs
  • Outings for Seniors
  • Financial Assistance
  • Inclusion Assistance
  • Special Events
  • Special Olympics
  • Summer Day Camp
  • Vacation/Overnight Trips
  • Weekly Programs


Administrative Office

290 Oakwood Rd
Vernon Hills IL 60061


SRACLC website

The Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL)

Mission Statement

To generate and distribute resources that enrich educational, vocational, and social opportunities for children with disabilities in Lake County.

Youth Services

  • Services special needs children and young adults who have mental and physical disabilities
  • Hosts outings, fundraisers, and programs to bridge awareness
  • Events for special needs kids and teens to attend
  • Services 31 school districts in Lake County


18160 Gages Lake Rd
Gages Lake IL 60030


SEDOL website