311 -- Dial 311, Chicago’s non-emergency service number for reporting standing
water, abandoned car, etc. You
can also request these services by calling your alderman. People who live outside the City of Chicago
may call 312-744-5000. https://servicerequest.cityofchicago.org/web_intake_chic/Controller
Disabilities Act (ADA) Home Page
Ants-- identify and eliminate ants. Call for
fact sheet from University of Illinois Extension 773-233-0476
Centers for Disease Control and
Free information materials on CFS and CDC-sponsored CFS research.
Also maintains a 24-hour voice information system on CFS at the phone number
Division of Viral
and Rickettsial Diseases
National Center for
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd,
Atlanta, GA 30333
Switchboard: (404) 639-3311
(404) 639-3534 / (800) 311-3435
Quality clothes products for home and professional use.
1301 Erie Ave.
P.O. Box 1005
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Email: catalog < at > clothcrafters.com
(goes to Hygienic
Fabrics & Filters)
& Filters, Inc.
P.O. Box 34
118 S. Broad St.
Lanark, IL 61046
Fax: (815) 493-1098
To get free
directory assistance (411) for those unable to use phone books,
you must do the following:
Call the SBC business
office at (800) 244-4444. Tell them you want to be sent the forms for free
A MEDICAL DOCTOR
certifying that you are visually disabled must fill out the application form.
Make a photocopy of
your signed forms for your records before returning them to SBC.
Mail the forms back in
the envelope provided. Call the SBC business office about two weeks after you
mail the forms to make sure your application has been processed. Once you are
registered with the phone company, you should not be charged for any 411 calls.
To request large
print bills: Horizons for the Blind (815) 444-8800.
company needs to submit the bills to Horizons for you.)
Fraud.org National Fraud and Information Center &
Internet Fraud Watch Programs. Submit a report of fraud online.
to complete Disability Report Form (SSA-3368) for Adults, an important part of
your application for disability benefits.
How to Contact
Social Security http:\\www.ssa.gov/reach.htm
The ADA Your Employment Rights as an Individual with a Disability
People with CFS http:\\www.jan.wvu.edu/media/cfs.html
People with Fibromyalgia http:\\www.jan.wvu.edu/media/Fibro.html
Ideas for writing
Accommodation Request Letter http:\\www.jan.wvu.edu/media/accommrequestltr.html
on Job Accommodation Network http:\\janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/links/#SOAR
Heating and Cooling Financial Assistance
face difficulties paying their winter electric bills may apply for financial
assistance provided by the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Telephone: 800-571-2332 (LIHEAP) or
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Health Care Consumer Rights
Updates on newly
passed legislation and information on what your rights are. Maintained by the
Campaign for Better Health Care in Chicago.
6037 ½ N. Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646
Provides RNs, LPNs, CNAs,
Home Health Aides, Medical Social Workers and Registered Therapists.
Home Repairs for seniors,
H-RAIL, Home Repairs for Assisted and Independent Living
seniors in obtaining free minor home repairs and modifications for home
1042 West Bryn Mawr
Chicago, IL 60660
Email: edgecc < at > core.com,
www.info < at > edgewatercc.org,
edgewatercouncil < at > mindspring.com
City of Chicago Department on Aging
121 North La Salle, Room 100
Service Project (H.S.P.)
and Kane County
residents who live in poverty, particularly at Christmastime.
465 Randy Rd. - Carol
Stream IL 60188
630-221-8340 fax: 630-221-8371
email: hsp < at > humanitarianservice.org
Illinois Department of
Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
rehabilitation, skills training, school-to-work and on-the-job training
programs, parental advocacy training, residential educational facilities, and
assistive technology information and referral.
field staff provide services to people with disabilities in 51 offices located
throughout the state. Use the DHS Office
Locator to find the Rehabilitation Services office
closest to you, or call the DHS 24-Hour Telephone Hotline:
(800) 843-6154 English or Español
(800) 447-6404 TTY for callers who are deaf or hard of
general questions about DRS, email DRS < at > dhs.state.il.us
Services: The Chicago
Public Library’s Information Center is a
telephone-ready reference service. The service is staffed by reference librarians
and associates who provide quick answers to questions. 312-747-4300.
See also Chicago
Public Library’s Information for People with Disabilities:
Lake View Funeral Home
service to record living will specifying kind of health care you wish,
designate Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare to ensure your wishes are
carried out, Emergency Medical Care with critical medical information; final
arrangements, funeral or other ceremony, burial or cremation.
1458 West Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657
The Lighthouse Catalog
Products to make life easier for people with impaired vision.
111 E. 59th Street,
New York, NY 10022-1202
Ph: 212-821-9200, 800-829-0500
Email: info < at > lighthouse.org
Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
and transportation to the elderly.
355 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607-1019
Phone (312) 455-1000
Fax (312) 455
chicago < at > littlebrothers.org
disadvantaged children under 18 who are in need of hair. Accepts hair from
Ave. North, Ste. 102
Center on Physical Activity and Disability, a clearinghouse of information on physical activity and
disability. 800-900-8086. www.ncpad.org
National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Clinical Research
CFS fact sheets and brochures available.
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD)
NIAID Office of
Communications and Public Liaison
6610 Rockledge Drive, MSC 6612
Bethesda, MD 20892-6612
United States of America
National Institutes of Health
information, including fact sheets and health hotlines; grant and funding
opportunities; news and events.
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Email: NIHinfo < at > OD.NIH.GOV
National Library of Medicine
information as well as abstracts and some full-text articles available through
the MEDLINEplus, PubMed, and Internet Grateful Med databases.
Bethesda, MD 20894
Email: custserv < at > nlm.nih.gov
Office of Special Education
Office of Special Education
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20202
Ph: (202) 245-7468
On a Roll
disability radio talk show: heard in the Chicago area
on WAUR, 930 A.M. on Sundays from 5 to 7 pm. Also available on the internet.
Publicdata.com Search engine to check professional
license, driver’s license, sex offenders, etc. Cost: $25 annually for
individual; $9.95 for 1 month.
Regency At-Home Care
6625 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Niles, IL 60714
Bonded and insured staff;
companionship, personal care; appointment escort, light housekeeping, meal
When Your Wallet Gets Stolen
Trans Union 1-800-680-7289
for Human Advancement through Rehabilitation Engineering Foundation)
computer equipment for people with disabilities.
SHARE (Society for Human Advancement through Rehabilitation Engineering)
285 Old Westport Road
N. Dartmouth, MA 02747
Email: share < at > umassd.edu
SOS Emergency Phone
service, 24-hour personalized assistance. Phone runs on AA batteries. Call
for more information:
SOS Wireless Communications,
P.O. Box 15750
Irvine, CA 92623
Email: info < at > soswireless.com
Mission is to
help you learn how to reduce the stress in your life and to feel better inside
Stress Less, Inc.
1050 Windsor Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30319
Credit Card Orders Only
Talking Book Center: The
Chicago Public Library’s Talking Book Center serves blind, physically and
print-handicapped patrons in Chicago.
Chicago Public Library
400 South State
Chicago, IL 60605
Telephone Consumer Protection
You can instruct
any telemarketer to add your name to a “do not call” list.
Weatherization for Homes. Linda Arana 708-450-3500
Postage Rates, Mailing Requirements, Package Redelivery/Vacation hold mail, and
Post Office Hours and Locations