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GO AbilityLinks
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago founded AbilityLinks as an advocacy initiative that matches job seekers with disabilities to employers through technology. 630-462-4529

GO America's Job Bank
Job database and electronic resume service for employers seeking qualified applicants and individuals seeking jobs. 1-877-US-2JOBS (1-877-872-5627) / 1-877-889-5627 (TTY)

GO America's Jobline
Audio version of America's Job Bank, operated by the National Federation for the Blind under a contract with the US Department of Labor. To access Jobline, call 1-800-414-5748.

GO Centers for Independent Living
Local private nonprofit corporations that provide services to maximize the independence of individuals with disabilities and the accessibility of the communities they live in. Centers are funded in part by the Dept. of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Independent Living Branch, to provide, among other things, several core services:
  • Advocacy
  • Information and referral
  • Independent living skills training
  • Peer counseling
GO Design & Construction Resource Center
Fair Housing Accessibility First. (888) 341-7781 (Voice/TTY)

GO Disability & Business Technical Assistance Centers
There are ten federally funded regional centers established to provide information, training, and technical assistance to employers, people with disabilities, and other entities with responsibilities under the ADA. The centers act as a "one-stop" central comprehensive resource on ADA issues in employment, public services, public accommodations, and communications. Each center works closely with local business, disability, governmental, rehabilitation, and other professional networks to provide ADA information and assistance, placing special emphasis on meeting the needs of small businesses. (800/949.4232)
Programs vary in each region, but all centers provide the following:
  • Technical Assistance
  • Information and Referral
  • Education and Training
  • Materials Dissemination
  • Public Awareness
  • Local Capacity Building
GO Job Accommodation Network
Free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the employability of people with disabilities. (800/526.7234 (V/TTY))

GO National Business & Disability Council
Resource for corporations that are hiring, working with, and marketing to people with disabilities. 201 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson, NY 11507 / (516) 465-1515

GO National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036 / 877-871-0744 (Toll Free)

GO National Fair Housing Advocate
Tennessee Fair Housing Council, 719 Thompson Lane, Suite 324, Nashville, TN 37206 / (800) 254-2166

GO Proyecto Vision
Information for Latinos exploring employment opportunities.

Search for disability-related research conducted since 1993. Funded by NARIC.

GO Small Business Administration
Outreach to individuals with disabilities interested in starting their own business. (202) 205-6706

Customer service: (415) 336-9437

GO U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The EEOC's mission is to ensure equality of opportunity by vigorously enforcing federal legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment. It uses investigation, conciliation, litigation, coordination, regulation in the federal sector, and education, policy research, and provision of technical assistance to achieve this end.

State of Illinois

GO Citizens Information Service of IL
A state-wide non-profit non-partisan organization, helps voters and future voters make sense of our policy and election process. In schools, community groups and neighborhoods, we share important information, develop publications, provide technical assistance, and conduct workshops. Our responsibility is to assist citizens and organizations to help them be a part of the decision-making process at every level-national, state, county, city, and community. We do this by providing non-partisan information, training, technical assistance and collaborative efforts. 332 South Michigan, Chicago IL 60604 (312/939.4636)

GO Equip for Equality
We are a private, nonprofit organization that operates the federally mandated Protection & Advocacy System for Illinois, which safeguards the rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities (including developmental disabilities and mental illnesses). Please feel free to use our web site to gather information, reports, and educational materials. Only individuals in Illinois with a disability (as defined by the ADA) are eligible for Equip for Equality's services, including children, senior citizens, and individuals in state-operated facilities, nursing homes and community-based programs. 11 East Adams, Suite 1100, Chicago IL 60603 / (312/341.0022).

GO Illinois Assistive Technology Project
Let us help you find the right technology — technology that lets you learn, work and play with greater independence.
1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100, Springfield, Illinois 62701
217-522-7985 voice / 217-522-9966 tty / 217-522-8067 fax / 800-852-5110 v/tty, IL only

GO One-Stop Career Centers
Illinois has 44 comprehensive One-Stop Career Centers and 55 affiliates. Most One-Stop Career Centers are located in Illinois Employment and Training Centers; however, a few are on the campuses of community colleges. Illinois One-Stop Career Centers are designed with customer choice as a guiding principle. One-Stop Centers are mandated as part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. A business-led Board of Directors enables One-Stop Centers to supply communities with the types of skilled workers needed in their areas. One-Stop Career Centers are increasing physical and programmatic access to persons with disabilities. Job seekers can request One-Stop materials in alternate formats such as: Braille, Large Print and Computer/disk. To locate the One-Stop Business and Employment Center in your area or if you experience any accessibility problems, call the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois: (800) 433-8848 (V/TTY).

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