About Us

About Us

The Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education – Roosevelt (ICRE-R) is a residential school for students with severe physical disabilities and other health impairments, located in the Illinois Medical District of Chicago, at 1950 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608.  ICRE-R is part of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).

The mission of ICRE-R is to provide the training and services necessary to assist each student to achieve his/her highest level of independent living.

ICRE-R offers a two year comprehensive Transition Program that provides young people with physical disabilities, ages 18-22 years old, instruction and opportunities to make a successful transition to adult life.  Students learn Living Skills, Vocational Skills, Empowerment/Self-Advocacy, Social/Leisure Skills, Medical Management, and Mobility Skills using public transportation resources. Each student’s program is tailored to his/her individual needs, skills and interests.  Students begin and end the transition program at different levels, based on their individual strengths and skills.

ICRE-R is a residential school however students may attend the Transition Program on a daily basis and all students return home on weekends and during the summer.  Students who have completed their academic requirements may delay graduation and attend ICRE-R for a full day transition program for two years or until the day before their 22nd birthday, whichever comes first.

Every aspect of our program involves experiences in the local community to ensure students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a real world setting. Our Chicago location provides access to an abundance of resources for learning in the community.

ICRE-R’s Admission Criteria; the potential candidate must have a physical disability, have a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Plan, be medically stable, and the potential to benefit from the ICRE-R Transition Program.  The ICRE-R program is free to Illinois residents.

For more information please contact ICRE-R Admissions Office at (312) 433 – 3125 or


by e-mail to Susan.Devitt@illinois.gov