About the Training Institute
The Training Institute is one of several Equip for Equality programs designed to help people with disabilities and their families enjoy the full civil and human rights provided them under such laws as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Institute co-sponsors seminars with host organizations - such as schools, community mental health centers, vocational programs, and other disability provider agencies - throughout Illinois and offers seminars at its downtown Chicago location.
The seminars provide valuable information about the legal rights of people with disabilities and target issues that participants commonly experience such as asking for job accommodations, obtaining accessible transportation, making a smooth transition from school to work, and accessing the right to vote. The Institute tailors each seminar to the specific learning needs and interests of the participants. Seminars are available in Spanish and American Sign Language.
Our seminars include:
- Real-life stories and interactive activities and to help guide you in becoming a strong advocate for yourself and your family
- Useful reference handbooks for each seminar topic
- Easy to read advice sheets to help you advocate for yourself
- A list of resources when you need help
- A certificate for successfully completing the workshop
Because a significant number of people with disabilities and their families cannot afford tuition, a Scholarship Fund was established. Companies, foundations, individuals, and governmental entities may make contributions to the Fund. Full scholarships for our seminars are available for people with disabilities and their families (no other eligibility requirements) statewide through the Scholarship Fund.
Training Institute on Disability Rights
20 N. Michigan, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 341-0022 Se Habla Espaņol ASL
(800) 610-2779 (TTY)
(312) 341-0295 (Fax)