Disability Resources

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MOPD's Disability Resource Unit provides the following services:

  • Information and Assistance
    • Rapid Transit (RTA) Reduced Fare and Free Ride Permit Applications new, renewal, and replacement
    • Benefit Access Application
    • Social Security Disability questions
    • Information and Referrals to other non-profits
  • Independent Living Program 
  • Personal Assistance Program
    • Get assessed to see if you qualify for personal assistant services
    • Get assessed to see if you qualify for the Meals on Wheels program
  • In-home Assistive Devices
    • Get assessed to see if you qualify for Assistive Devices
      devices to be used in your home.

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MOPD Disability Resource Unit Frequently Asked Questions

MOPD can assist in completing an application for persons with disabilities under the age of 59 years old. Once the application is completed you will be contacted for an in-home assessment to determine your needs. A person may receive up to six hours of personal assistance to help with meal preparation, food shopping, and household tasks like washing dishes or doing laundry.

Yes, we can help you get access to meals. MOPD will assist you in completing an application for MOW. Criteria includes: verification of disability, residency, and age (under 59 yrs.)

Yes, free amplified telephones are available to any Illinois resident with hearing loss, blind, or speech-disabled regardless of age or income. Available equipment iinclude: cell phone amplifier, amplified phones, captioned phones, TTY, and braille phones. Visit us at City Hall or our Central West Community Center location at 2102 W. Ogden Ave to test these devices and choose the best option for you. We will assist you in completing the application. 

MOPD can assist you in completing an online application with the State of Illinois's Benefit Access Program. This allows persons with disabilities, such as a fee discount on license plates and free rides on fixed-route transits. Eligibility is determined by age, disability, residency and income.

SSI (Supplemental Security Income) provides cash benefits for people who are disabled, with little or no work history, who have low-income and resources. SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance)provides cash benefits for people who are disabled that have a work history and paid into the Social Security (FICA) tax system. SSDI pays a monthly benefit to people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability. To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you must: a) have worked in jobs covered by Social Security; and b) have a medical condition that meets Social Security's eligibility requirements. Here is the link to see how you qualify Social Security qualifications.

Information & Referral Community Resource and Assistance Guide

MOPD’s Community Resource and Assistance Guide

MOPD Information and Referral Services

MOPD's Information and Referral staff assist people with disabilities in making more effective use of the health, education, training, economic and social resources available to them.

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RFP Now Open for MOPD Personal Assistance Program: Seeking organizations to hire and manage Personal Assistants to serve people with disabilities in Chicago

MOPD Social Story Collections

Social stories are an alternative method of providing information using images and language accessible to the neurodiverse community.

MOPD’s Home Delivered Meals FAQ

Home Delivered Meals is part of MOPD’s Independent Living Program (ILP) along with Case Management, Personal Assistance, and Assistive Devices.

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Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

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