Disability Services


  • Center for Access-Ability Resources (CAAR)
    Health Services - Fourth Floor
    Services: Services for visually impaired, Deaf/HOH, LD; Cost: None: physically disabled-special services vary; special service material, equipment and aids, reading and vision room
    Eligibility: NIU student, staff, or faculty


  • Access Services of Northern Illinois
    631 South 1st St
    DeKalb, IL 60115
  • Association for Individual Development
    309 W. New Indian Trail Ct.
    Aurora, Illinois 60506
    Phone: 630-844-5040
    TTD: 630-844-5063
    Fax: 630-844-2065
    Services: Support groups for multiple sclerosis and past polio patients, parent groups, handicapped club, physical and occupational
    Cost: Varies
  • DeKalb County Special Education
    2205 Sycamore Rd.
    DeKalb, IL 60115
    Services: Multiple programs for the handicapped, early childhood program, home intervention, psychological services, social work, occupational & physical therapy, nursing
    Eligibility: DeKalb County
  • DeKalb/Sycamore Association of Special Recreation
    1403 Sycamore Rd
    DeKalb, IL 60115
    Services: Activities and classes for adults and children with special needs
  • DeKalb County LINC
    Early intervention services: for children with special needs and their families
  • DeKalb County Special Education Association
    2205 Sycamore Rd
    DeKalb, IL 60115
    Services: Special education support services for ages 3-21
  • DeKalb Public Library
    309 Oak St.
    DeKalb, IL 60115
    Services: Large print books for visually handicapped; outreach services delivers materials to patrons with disabilities
    Eligibility: Need to be certified by an authority, i.e., physician
  • Division of Specialized Care for Children
    4302 N. Main
    Rockford, IL 61103
    Services: Helps children with disabilities to obtain necessary medical care and other services & other regional offices; diagnose a treatment in an office, clinic, or hospital; braces, hearing aids, and other special appliances provided upon recommendation of the specialist referral services
    Cost: Free for diagnostic services. Treatment costs vary. Financial assistance available to families who meet DSCC eligibility guidelines.
  • Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois
    Kishwaukee Hospital
    Bethany Rd.
    DeKalb, IL 60115
    Toll free: 800-255-6810
    Services: Neurological clinics for adults and children, educational services for patient, family members, the general public, and professionals; referral services for assistance with employment, living arrangements, counseling, and financial help
  • Family Service Agency
    14 Health Services Dr.
    Services: Assistance with personal care, meals, errands, etc., in the home of disabled or convalescent persons
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Cost: Sliding fee scale
  • Genesis House
    350 Sycamore Rd.
    Genoa, IL 60135
    Services: Residential and vocational services for adults with disabilities
    Eligibility: Disabled adults 18 yrs and older
    Cost: Varies
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
    1330 Oakwood Ave.
    DeKalb, IL 60115
    Services: Comprehensive services for physically and/or mentally disabled persons, for people with physical & mental disabilities, employment assistance. Other services are based on sliding fee scale
    Eligibility: Federal guidelines
    Cost: Diagnostic services are free
  • NAMI National
    Services: Self-help and advocacy organization dedicated to improving conditions for the mentally ill and their families c/o Sinnissippi Centers
    Fee: $25.00/yr membership
    • NAMI DeKalb
  • Northwestern Illinois Association
    245 W. Exchange, Suite 4
    Sycamore, IL 60178
    Services: Support system for visually handicapped and hearing impaired, orthopedic, and multiple impairment for all ages, diagnostic identification services, orientation and mobility treatment, special education cooperative
    Eligibility: Must be referred by other agency or school
  • Opportunity House
    202 Lucas St.
    Sycamore, IL 60178
  • RAMP (Regional Access & Mobilization Project, Inc.)
    115 N. First Street
    DeKalb, IL 60115
    815-756-3202 (Voice) | 815-756-4263 (TTY)
    Services for persons with disabilities
  • Reality House
    631 S. 1st St.
    DeKalb, IL 60115
  • The Open Door Rehabilitation Center
    405 S. Wells St.
    Sandwich, IL 60548
    Services: Workshop, job training, residential services, client and family support advocacy program, program aimed at helping disabled help themselves
    Eligibility: Age 16 (18 for developmental training), have a developmental disability, free from actions which may endanger self or others, eligible to be sponsored by a funding source, be in need of services offered and able to benefit in some, agree to participate in integrated services plan