NOTE: CDR's offices have closed.
We provide information and referrals.
In the late
1970s the unfulfilled need of consumers for peer-reviewed information
services was the strongest motivating factor in establishing this agency.
Reliable information resources were not available to people with
disabilities and their families.
CDR Reports, our monthly
newsletter, is now in its twentieth year of providing information about
issues of interest and concern to our community. The newsletter is sent to
over 5,100 people and agencies every month in every state of the Union, and e-mailed to dozens more.
Without endangering the privacy of our members, we
occasionally allow selected agencies to send materials to our membership.
However, the list is never given to other agencies. The other agencies
provide their materials with postage to our staff who then put on the
This year the Center for Neighborhood Technology,
with whom we have collaborated for over five years, has held a series of
community forums about transit needs in order to develop a report from the
grassroots of each community. Many readers have received their
information. We hope you have attended the forums, found them interesting
and worthwhile while you helped develop this important report.
Clerk of Cook County, David Orr, has provided letters to Cook County
residents on our mailing list on several occasions. We hope this
information has been helpful and welcome.
Our referral staff has worked harder than ever this year
to provide assistance to people with inquiries — by phone, by e-mail, or
in person — to more than a thousand formal intakes. The most frequent requests
are regarding the educational rights of children and information about CDR;
employment rights of adults (In 2000-01, it was most frequent.); housing
rights and availability; and job placement. Other requests were for legal
referrals, transportation rights, and information about disability
Referral staff has also developed new resource
information sheets for the most frequent areas of inquiry, e.g., special
education and youth issues, and employment issues. The sheets have been
passed out at information fairs, e.g., the DHS ADA Celebration and MOPD's
Access Chicago and Employment Fair. Others are currently being developed
on housing issues and benefits issues.
More about CDR's video, "Inclusion: A Special Education Dilemma"