Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges. Each year, through 34 programs at 35 locations that stretch from Zion to Chicago’s Southwest Side, Anixter Center and its three divisions—CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) and Lekotek—help more than 7,300 children, teens and adults – 90% of whom are living at or below the federal poverty level.
What makes them unique are the array of services they offer plus their ability to provide individualized help for people at every stage of life—children, teens, young adults and older adults. What’s more, programs are developed and implemented to help clients navigate through key social and economic issues affecting everyone, such as employment, education, housing, healthcare, and community support. However, Anixter Center's programs and services are specifically geared to effectively address the additional barriers faced by people with disabilities.
Anixter Center’s programs and services are comprehensive, individualized, choice-driven, culturally sensitive, and promote inclusion.
Among their broad range of supportive services for those who have physical, developmental, cognitive, psychiatric or sensory disabilities, programs include:
• Chicago’s first and only free literacy program for adults
• 24-hour supervised residential homes and home-based
• A multi-track program for adults with developmental disabilities, which includes art, music, and dance/movement therapies, case management and counseling, vocational assistance, and additional assistance with activities of daily living;
• Domestic violence, victim assistance, and substance use
disorder programs for those who are deaf;
• Mental health services for deaf and hearing individuals;
• Employment and vocational programs to help people with disabilities find jobs;
• A rehabilitation program for adults with traumatic brain injuries;
• Family-based, therapeutic play sessions using specially adapted toys for young children with special needs; and
• HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, and educational services to Chicago’s underserved Latino community and all people of color;
Anixter Center is also an advocate in Illinois and nationally for the rights of people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in society. Their clients range from 0–90+ years old and represent all racial and ethnic backgrounds. All of their clients have at least one disability (physical, cognitive, intellectual, developmental, sensory, psychiatric or medical), and a majority have more than one disability. 57% are female.
45% are African-American; 30% are Caucasian; 21% are Latino; 3% are Asian-American; and 1% are Native American.
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center's program expenses were:
Total Program Expenses:
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