About Us

Mission Statement

Community Support Systems is committed to securing for all people with disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they live, learn, work and play.

Community Support Systems is further committed to reducing the incidence and limiting the consequence of disabilities through education, research, advocacy and the support of families, friends and community.

Through the successful pursuit of quality and justice, Community Support Systems will provide leadership in the field of disabilities and develop necessary human and financial resources to attain its goals.

Accreditation / Licensure

Community Support Systems is accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission; and licensed where applicable, by the Illinois Department of Human Services.


Community Support Systems began in 1962 by a group of individuals concerning the needs and lack of services for children with disabilities. It became incorporated and opened a day school for 12 students ages 6-21. From 1965 to 1970 the school for children with disabilities grew by leaps and bounds. As enrollment rose and the original students were becoming too old for the established programs, the need for additional facilities and programs became apparent. New buildings were rented or purchased including the Activity Center and the Opportunity Center (renovated from an old bowling alley). Additional grants were required for the increased services.

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