Helping Hand (HH) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with 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 for Children with Intellectual Disabilities, progressive employment programs that promote inclusive workplaces, pediatric therapies (occupational and speech/language), high school transition services, Community Living (CILA), and specialized programs with high staff-to-client ratios for seniors with disabilities.
THE HELPING HAND WAY
At Helping Hand, true and genuine connections lead to client achievements, staff 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 staff, 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 staff work with students/clients and their families side by side to develop and attain goals that help them reach the sky. Our families stand with us during challenging times as seen last year. 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 inclusive 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 School for Children with Intellectual Disabilities, occupational therapy in our Outpatient Programs, 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.