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HH School

Meeting the unique needs of every student, each and every day.
HH School

Adult Programs

Individualized care. Supportive environment.
Adult Programs

Outpatient Programs

Individualized care from a team you can trust.
Outpatient Programs

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About Us

Helping Hand (HH) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Cook County and greater Chicagoland communities. We offer a wide range of person-centered programs and services that enhance the educational, therapeutic, residential, and employment opportunities for those we serve. Our programs and services include a school, progressive employment programs that promote being equally valued in workplaces, pediatric therapies (occupational and speech/language), high school transition services, Community Living (CILA), and specialized programs with high team member-to-client ratios for seniors with disabilities.



At Helping Hand, true and genuine connections lead to client achievements, team member successes and a strong commitment from our families and supporters. The ability to genuinely connect with each other is transformational. Remarkable transformations happen all around Helping Hand.


At HH our team members, families, and community partners help us grow through connections so we can help people with I/DD continue to expand their skills, make long-lasting relationships, and reach the goals they set for themselves. Our genuine team members work with students/clients and their families side by side to develop and attain goals that help them reach the sky. Our community gets involved through events, partnerships, and projects.

Value guides our actions, our interactions with the world around us, and defines our behaviors. At Helping Hand, we believe that when perceptions begin to change, a more welcoming and equally valued community is created. A community where individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are equally valued.

Jack's Story of Transformation

Jack began receiving services at Helping Hand when he was 14 years old. He has attended the Helping Hand School, occupational therapy in our Outpatient Clinic, among many other services provided at Helping Hand.

Jack’s parents reference Helping Hand as being the flashlight in the underground maze that is navigating a child with a disability.

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Planned Giving

The connection you have to the HH community has the power to make a difference for years to come.

Employment Partners

Partner with us through employing the adults we serve.

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Adults Served
250 +
Children Served
315 +
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Remarkable transformations happen all around Helping Hand through top-quality services and our drive to go beyond equally valuing ALL. Helping Hand’s genuine care and education encompasses and reaches further in so many ways!
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25th Annual Gala: An Evening of Transformation Through the Culinary Arts logo

Join us for our 25th Annual Gala on Friday, April 19th!

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