They say the future holds great promise. When it’s the promise of a more inclusive world for people with disabilities, we say give that future a nudge. Recognize the potential in us all. Create opportunities for people of every ability to contribute. Inspire others to educate, support, and empower those around us. This is the definition of boundless inclusivity.
Unfortunately, many people with disabilities still don’t feel like they belong.
8 in 10
8 in 10 people with disabilities are unemployed
Too few employers recognize that everyone has value to add.
85% of people with disabilities live in poverty
We must rethink how our communities set people of all abilities up for success.
Lasting change for people with disabilities will only come when people understand inclusivity is for the good of us all. At Aspire, that’s our goal.
With help from our team, partners, donors, and volunteers, we’re breaking down barriers and making more possible for people of all abilities.
Programs focus on life enrichment, skill building, health, and community living. The goal is to help empower self-sufficiency, independence, connections, and career growth.
Innovative Home Models
Our Community Homes in Cook and Lake Counties are different from the outdated group home model. They have fewer residents and offer personal growth and shared responsibility.
Our job skills training and partnerships help people find careers. We pair eager workers with passionate organizations to create a shared sense of purpose and success.
Our programs help break down barriers in the workplace. They also strengthen culture and DEI.
Working with partner organizations and people with disabilities, we’re promoting equitable employment, inspiring inclusivity, and funding our ongoing efforts.
We work with dedicated organizations and individuals to amplify the voices of all people so they can feel more confident to advocate for themselves.
Our energy and ideas help us make a real impact.
People who enter our Career Support program and are placed into jobs
People who are placed in jobs and retain them for at least 12 months
Marcus helps make Aspire CoffeeWorks what it is—a way to bring together adults of all abilities, kick-start careers, and support Aspire’s work. Learn more about all of our Social Enterprise initiatives.
Art has the power to change the world—and Kamora does, too. Our programs helped her discover her talent for painting and earn extra income to help her family. Learn more about all of Our Programs.
Help shape inclusivity by supporting programs and services that empower people with disabilities. Learn more and choose from a variety of ways to donate.
Work alongside people with disabilities in one of our programs. You can serve the community and make new friends as you advocate for inclusivity.
Business owners who join our mission strengthen their commitment to DEI and provide chances for people of all abilities to work together.
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