Research Centers, Clinical and Community Programs

  • Assistive Technology Unit (ATU)

    The ATU designs special technology to help people with disabilities be more independent. The ATU can work with a person at their home or worksite to make the space better for that person to live and work in. Technologies include augmentative communication devices, computers, and wheelchairs.  Go to website »

  • Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CCBMDR)

    The CCBMDR seeks to increase the capacity of State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and community-based organizations to document the impact of their programs and develop culturally competent services. CCBMDR also houses the Advocacy and Empowerment for Minorities with Disabilities Program (A&E) which seeks to better understand the unique needs of ethnic minorities with disabilities and develop and empirically evaluate supportive programs.  Go to website »

  • Child and Family Development Center (CFDC)

    The CFDC is an interdisciplinary public service and research center located on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago. The primary goal of CFDC is to promote positive outcomes for young children and their families. We address this goal by working concurrently in the areas of community service, research, and professional development. Go to website »

  • Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED)

    The CEED project will bridge entrepreneurship with disability by developing and providing a comprehensive entrepreneurship education and training program for people with disabilities and service providers working in Disability Community Agencies and Small Business Development Centers in Illinois.  Go to website »

  • Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics

    The Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics serve children and adults with disabilities. The program identifies developmental delays and refers families to early intervention services. The clinics work with many Hispanic families and have staff who speak Spanish. Services include hearing evaluations, medical evaluations, OT, PT, and psychological evaluations, and speech/language evaluations. The clinics also offer social skills groups, individual and group therapy, and art therapy. The clinics' Autism Clinic and Training Center is a specialty clinic devoted to serving children, adolescents, and adults with known or suspected Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Go to website »

  • Evaluation and Public Policy Unit

    The Evaluation and Public Policy Unit conducts applied research and evaluation of policies and programs that impact individuals with I/DD and their families both in the state and across the nation. Current activities include: the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities subcontract (in collaboration with the University of Colorado); rebalancing initiatives (including evaluation of institutional closures and the Integrated Care initiative); and participation on various state, local, national and international committees, boards and task forces that focus on improving the lives of people with I/DD. Go to website »

  • Family Support Research and Training Center (FSRTC)

    The FSRTC is a collaboration of researchers and organizations who are focused on synthesizing and generating knowledge about the needs and experiences of families who provide support to children and adults with disabilities across the life course. Because family support is similar across different types of disability and across different age groups, we aim to bridge different resources and information across these groups to inform more cohesive policies and practices related to family support. Go to website »

  • Great Lakes ADA Center

    The Great Lakes ADA Center is one of 10 federally funded technical assistance centers on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The Center promotes voluntary compliance with the law through the provision of technical assistance, training, consultation and dissemination of materials. Several distance learning opportunities are available including a monthly audio conference series and several webinar series including ones on legal issues, accessible technology and architectural accessibility. The Center is actively involved in addressing issues impacting employment, community participation, architectural accessibility and accessible technology. Go to website »

  • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

    This one year interdisciplinary training program incorporates both didactic and experiential learning in clinical and community-based settings. The Illinois LEND program is part of a national network of interdisciplinary university-based programs. The LEND aims to prepare future leaders who will serve children with neurodevelopmental disabilities (including related disabilities and autism) and their families through coordinated, culturally competent, and family-centered care, as well as public health services and policy systems change. Go to website »

  • Program on Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities (PDACH)

    PDACH furthers research and supports the creation of disability art and culture. Research includes arts criticism, theory, and history and studies of careers of disabled artists, arts policy, and arts education.

    PDACH also serves as the administrative home for Chicago’s Bodies of Work, an organization that supports city-wide disability arts festivals and that promotes disability arts and culture year-round. The Bodies of Work consortium is comprised of approximately fifty partners—arts organizations, non-profits, health organizations, and individual artists. Go to website »

  • Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD)

    The RRTCDD promotes the health and function of adults with I/DD through a coordinated set of research, training in evidence-based practice, and dissemination and utilization activities. The activities of the RRTCDD are all designed to promote involvement of people with I/DD within the fabric of their community, enable them to access the health and long-term services and supports they require throughout their lifespan, and help them attain a healthy, personally meaningful and socially relevant life. Go to website »

  • Sexuality and Disability Consortium (SDC)

    SDC is a group of people working together to support people with disabilities. SDC's goal is for people with disabilities to have healthy sexuality and relationships that they choose. There are many ways the SDC can do this, through research and education. SDC provides training for people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them. SDC pays extra attention to the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities because there is so little information that is accessible to this community. Go to website »

  • Sibling Leadership Network

    The Sibling Leadership Network is dedicated to providing information and support for siblings of people with disabilities across the lifespan. Siblings often juggle the caregiving of their aging parents, their own children, as well as their brother and sisters with disabilities. Yet, the needs and perspectives of siblings are often overlooked. The SLN connects siblings with each other for peer support as well as research and services and supports. The SLN advocates to get the sibling voice at the policy table.  Go to website »