Becoming Self-sufficient requires one to have a vision of themselves in the future. Once we see a future for ourselves that is compelling, then we can committ to the hard work it will take to make that future a reality. Students learn to identify the skills, resources and supports their desired futures will require, and assess their current status. The difference between the two will determine the path they need to travel. ICRE-R staff will assist students to determine the classes, experiences, assistance and resources they require to achieve their goals of independence and...Read More
The most amazing gift we are given is the opportunity to create our own future. Many of us face challenges in achieving our dreams and goals, however if we prepare ourselves with the knowledge, skills, resources and supports our dreams require, the future is ours to create. At ICRE-R you will have the opportunity to learn and practice independent living skills, explore a variety of career and vocational options, implement self-advocacy skills, and discover the resources and supports that are available within your community. Along the way you will make friends and have experiences that will enrich your lives and help you build a future that deserves your hard work and...Read More
Thriving independence is a living, breathing concept that requires continual personal growth, and an understanding that independence requires interdependence. As we move from youth to adulthood, we accept the fact that we need other people for almost every aspect of our life, however knowing what it is you want, under what conditions, and in what manner you will accept it, is key to a satisfying life. At ICRE-R we want to assist students in developing their self-confidence and self-advocacy skills. We feel these are key skills in having a defining and attaining a quality life and thriving...Read More
Building Skills for Achieving Independent Lives
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 Transition Program Curriculum is based on the Casey Life Skills curriculum. Classes cover all aspects of Independent Living, including: home management, personal financial and benefit management, community resources, mobility training, and self-advocacy. Students also have classes in career planning/exploration and resume writing, while participating in the in-house STEP program and experiencing a variety of vocational training classes.
After School Hours:
ICRE-R’s after school hours offer many opportunities for students to make friends, socialize, and explore leisure activities.
ICRE-R offers a wide variety of evening programs in the arts, music, martial arts, scuba diving and dance. We also work with volunteer agencies that bring new and interesting activities for students to explore in their free time.