Tracking down appropriate disability grants to help fund a wheelchair accessible van is often the hardest part of the process. We here at The Mobility Resource have made it a lot easier for you and your fellow disabled Illinois residents. We researched your options and listed the most promising ones below. These nonprofits, state government agencies and other organizations either award disability grants to individuals or assist with finding them (or both).
If you need to buy or lease a used or new handicap van, or if you need to have accessibility equipment or adaptive driving controls installed in your vehicle, Illinois disability grants are available to make it more affordable.
Initiate contact with state groups that serve persons with specific disabilities, too. There are certainly a few foundations or organizations that provide financial assistance and work with people suffering from the cause of your limited mobility.
Mobility Consultations: If you are unsure about what type of conversion would be best for you — or would like assistance with finding financial resources, you can request a Free Needs Analysis and Mobility Consultation at any of The Mobility Resource dealer locations.
Disclaimer: This information is intended to assist you in your purchase or financing of a wheelchair van, and is in no way an offer or advertisement for a free wheelchair van.
SOURCES FOR ILLINOIS DISABILITY GRANTS AND ASSISTANCE
Family Support Network
The Family Support Network’s mission is to further the rights and capacity for self-determination for disabled Illinois residents and their families. It advocates for funding and other support for the disabled community.
651 East 159th Place
South Holland, IL 60473
Illinois Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers (ADRCs)
The ADRCs around Illinois are leading sources of up-to-date, all-encompassing information and services for persons with disabilities in the state. This is a must-contact resource during your search for disability grants to apply towards a handicapped-accessible vehicle or equipment and modifications.
1111 S. Alpine Road Suite 600
Rockford, Il 61108
(815) 226-4901 or 1- 800- 542- 8402 (nine county only)
Illinois Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
The AAA in Illinois consists of 13 separate Planning and Service Areas from which it serves resident senior citizens and persons with disabilities. It operates with funding from the Illinois Department of Aging.
3100 Montvale Dr
Springfield IL 62704-7248
Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)
Disabled residents of Illinois who need assistive technology can find help through IATP. They offer assistance securing funding, along with a number of additional services. Reach out to this group for help getting your handicap van.
1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 522-7985 or (800) 852-5110
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA)
The VA in Illinois assists state resident US military veterans in navigating the many services and other forms of support available to them through the local, state, and federal governments. The Department will help you secure a disability grant for a handicapped-accessible vehicle if you lost mobility in service to your country.
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph, Suite 5-570
Chicago, IL 60601-3219
833 South Spring Street
P.O. Box 19432
Springfield, IL 62794-9432
Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL)
INCIL oversees 23 Centers for Independent Living around Illinois and helps protect and advance the ability of the state’s disabled population to live independently. The Council doesn’t award grants to individuals, but it is a useful resource for residents seeking ways — such as acquiring a wheelchair van or handicapped-friendly equipment or conversions — to maintain independence.
One West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 501
Springfield, IL 62701
State of Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
The Illinois CDD is the state’s chapter of a countrywide CDD network established by Federal law. It serves residents with an affliction that satisfies the national guidelines for a developmental disability. If you or a loved one has a developmental disability, the Council may award you a disability grant, and it will provide other services and help you to locate additional potential sources of financial aid.
101 W. Randolph, Suite 10-600
Chicago, IL 60601
830 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
VR through the state government’s Department of Human Services helps the disabled in Illinois find and keep a job. They achieve these ends offering a variety of services and assistance, including disability grants for handicap vans or conversions if they are necessary for getting to work.
(800) 843-6154 (Voice, English or Español) or (800) 447-6404 (TTY).
THESE ARE ONLY SOME OF THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR ILLINOIS DISABILITY GRANTS AND ASSISTANCE.
If you work with or know of another Illinois agency, foundation or other organization that belongs here, please forward its information to [email protected].