The Center for Independence helps children and young adults with physical disabilities maximize their independence. We do this by offering Conductive Education programs that develop their motor functions in a manner that promotes positive self-direction, self-esteem and an "I can!" attitude.
The Center started in 1998 in a local church basement providing motor training services to six children with physical disabilities. Today we provide intensive motor training programs year-round to approximately 235 children and young adults with physical disabilities at our four locations in Countryside, Lake Zurich, Chicago, and Flossmoor, IL.
Since inception, the Center has served over 600 children and young adults with physical disabilities and provided over $10,000,000 in charitable services to ensure full participation. No child has ever been turned away, nor have program hours been reduced due to lack of insurance or inability to pay. The Center meets all 20 Better Business Bureau of Chicago Charity standards, is rated highly by Guidestar Charity Navigator and received a 2017 Top Non-Profit Award from Philanthropedia.
We are located at 100 W Plainfield Rd, Countryside, Suite 100.