The Center for Disability Services

Address: 311 South Reed Street
Joliet, IL 60436
Phone: (815) 744-3500 Fax: (815) 744-3504 Email: Website:

The Center for Disability Services is dedicated to advancing the independence of people with disabilities. Over the years, CDS’ programs and services have expanded to serve individuals with severe, multiple disabilities including mental retardation, epilepsy, autism and other developmental disabilities.

CDS provides its services in a seven county area including Will, Kankakee, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle, Ford, and Iroqouis. The following programs are offered:
The Melvin J. Larson Education Center
Family Support Program
Respite Care Program
Adult Services which includes developmental training and residential services.

The Home Based Support Services Program for adults and children provides a monthly budget for individuals with developmental disabilities to purchase needed services such as personal support worker services, developmental training, behavior support and transportation. The program also provides access to adaptive equipment and assistive technology, as well as home and vehicle modifications.

The Respite Care Program allows a primary caregiver occasional respite by providing families with up to 180 hours of in-home care annually for their family member with developmental disabilities.

The After-School Respite Program provides group respite for students of the Melvin J. Larson Education Center until 5 pm during the school year allowing parents increased flexibility with after school child care plans.

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