Community Partners

The shared mission of increasing disability employment in Chicago cannot be done alone. We partner with agencies and community-based organizations throughout our 77 Chicago neighborhoods to ensure all people with disabilities have access to the resources and supports needed to achieve their career goals, including priority areas that the Mayor has identified on the South and West sides of Chicago.  

MOPD’s Career Center partners with agencies by:

  • Working with City Colleges of Chicago students with disabilities to provide career readiness activities and job placement. Learn more here (link)
  • Hosting Community Partner Meetings to provide updates and share resources
  • Hosting and collaborating on accessible career events 
  • Working with community-based organizations and residents to ensure equitable and accessible resources
  • Working with the Department of Family Support Services to identify and make appropriate referrals 

If you are interested in learning more about partnering with MOPD, please complete the MOPD Community Partner Form or email a MOPD Career Placement Counselor will follow up with you within 1-2 business days. ​

Benefits Counseling Program

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is thrilled to inform you that we will once again provide Benefits Counseling services for Chicagoans with Disabilities who are receiving federal, state, and local benefits and want to work.

Under our new Benefits Counseling Program, staffed by Certified Community Partner Work Incentives Counselors (CPWICs), with over 20 years of combined experience, we have set a goal to alleviate the fear of losing SSA cash benefits, access to healthcare, and other benefits when you go to work.

MOPD Community Partner Work Incentives Counselors (CPWICs) will provide you with a one-on-one benefits counseling service to help you understand how earning wages may impact your Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicare, Medicaid, and other benefits. Our CPWICs will help you make a successful transition to work and greater financial independence.

Schedule your appointment today by going to our Bookings website, by email, or speak directly with our CPWICs, Jocelyn Romasanta, 312-744-5581 ( or Erick Lopez, 312.746.5743 (

A pdf version of the notice can be accessed from the Benefits Counseling Program page.

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