Accessibility Resources: Vision & Perception

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.

Vision & Perception

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

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

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Mission Statement

The mission of Hadley is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss or blindness to thrive—at home, at work, and in their communities.

Youth & Adult Services

  • Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired such as Braille, Large Print, and Audio Materials
  • Resources for Caregivers and Organizations Looking to Support Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Programs, Workshops, and Events


700 Elm St
Winnetka IL 60093


Hadley 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