Persons With Disabilities

Oak Park Township recognizes the additional living expenses often required of persons with disabilities. We offer numerous services and resources to assist in the extra needs of our residents, such as:

Adult Protective Services Act
Oak Park Township
Effective July 1, 2013
Seniors age 60 and over and persons with disabilities age 18-59 who are residents of Oak Park or River Forest who may be a victim of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation may report the abuse 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. Contact Township Senior Services (Monday-Friday from 9am - 5pm) at (708) 383-8060 OR, 24/7, contact the Illinois Department on Aging 1-866-800-1409.

Senior Services Transportation
Transportation Services

Seniors age 60 and over and persons with disabilities who are residents of Oak Park or River Forest can arrange curb-to-curb rides for any purpose within the communities of Oak Park and River Forest.  Reservations for any trip should be made 24 hours in advance by contacting the Transportation office Monday through Friday, between 8:30am and 1:00pm. All buses are fully accessible. Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/transportation

DISABLED Parking Cards
Residents of Oak Park with a temporary disability may apply for a temporary placard valid for 90 days. Persons with a permanent disability must apply for the permanent placard through the Secretary of State. Applications for both temporary and permanent placards are available at the main Township office reception desk. Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/disabled-persons-parking-placard

RTA Fare Card Applications
Oak Park Township accepts applications for RTA Reduced Fare Card for Seniors 65 and over and persons with disabilities and Ride Free persons enrolled in the Benefit Access Program (formerly Circuit Breaker). Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/rta-transit-permits

Taxi Cab Coupons
Taxi cab coupon books are available to residents age 60 and older and to persons with disabilities. Coupons are redeemable only with Blue Cab or Red Cab companies. Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/taxi-cab-coupons

Financial Assistance – General Assistance
General Assistance is a locally administered program that provides financial assistance to unemployed or disabled Oak Park residents in accordance with the Illinois Department of Human Services guidelines, and offers referrals and information regarding eligibility for other assistance-type programs. Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/general-assistance

Food Pantry
All low income persons may receive food monthly from the Food Pantry located at 848 Lake St.  Read more at

http://oprffoodpantry.org

Holiday Food and Gift Basket Program
This program provides vouchers for holiday meals, as well as gifts in November and December. Documentation required is a referral from Township General Assistance at (708) 383-8005, or local clergy, based on proof of income and residency.

Benefit Access Application
Applications, information, and assistance provided for a license plate discount and/or Free Ride Pass for seniors 65 or older and persons with disabilities over the age of 16 who meet financial eligibility requirements. Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/support-programs

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Gas Sharing
The LIHEAP program helps pay a set portion of heating or electric utility bills on a one-time yearly basis for income eligible applicants (150% of poverty) or gives the applicant the option to enroll into or recertify in the percentage of income payment plan (PIPP) at certain times during the season. Households in which at least one person is 60 years or older or disabled are given priority processing. Generally, the application process for this program begins September 1st each year. Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/support-programs

Access to Care
Oak Park Township is a registration site for the Access to Care program of the Suburban Primary Health Care Council. The program is designed to meet the health care needs of low income individuals and families in suburban Cook County. To qualify, applicants must meet income requirement of 200% of poverty or lower, be ineligible to receive Medicaid or Medicare, and not have insurance through any other carrier. Persons with disabilities who are receiving Social Security or awaiting a letter of award, but not receiving Medicare or Medicaid, are eligible to apply. Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/health-and-food-referrals

Are You OK? Telephone Reassurance
Daily computer initiated phone call by the Oak Park Police Dept. to check on well-being of homebound/isolated residents. Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/support-programs

Medical Equipment Lending Pool
A variety of used medical equipment which has been donated to the Township can be borrowed. Typical items available include canes, wheelchairs, walkers, and shower chairs. Call for inventory at (708) 383-8005More at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/medical-equipment-lending

Voter Registration
Disabled persons may register to vote in person at the Oak Park Township office at 105 S. Oak Park Avenue. Upon request, the Township Clerk will make arrangements for in-home voter registration.
Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/voter-registration

Youth Services
Township Youth Services requires all agencies that it funds are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many programs provide opportunities for special education and mainstreamed youth to work together on projects and interact socially. Information about programs funded by Youth Services is found at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/departments/youth

Scholarships
We offer Financial Assistance Scholarships (FAS) for youth, to assist them in participating in activities and/or programs they are financially unable to access. Funds can be used for costs relating directly to registration and participant fees only. Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/scholarships

Mental Health Services
The Community Mental Health Board (CMHB) of Oak Park Township strives to improve residential quality of life by offering local resources to enhance the mental and developmental health of its residents with disabilities. Based on evolving community needs, CMHB has set up an extensive network of easily accessible services for the treatment and prevention of mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse.  Read more at

http://www.oakparktownship.org/services/mental-health.

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Referrals
Many Oak Park agencies provide services for youth in our community.  For services that are funded in part by Oak Park Township, please see 

Youth Services Contracts.

 

 

Contact

General Information:
708.383.8005

Youth Services:
708.445.2727

Senior Services:
708.383.8060

Fax:
708.383.8062

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