About Us

Who We Are

For over 50 years the caring community of Envision Unlimited has served people with disabilities across all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We provide a wide array of home and center-based programs that benefit families, infants, children, adults and senior citizens. Envision provides day programs, including for individuals with autism, as well as employment services, community living programs, a foster care program, and mental health services.

At Envision, we hold ourselves to the highest possible standard. We voluntarily invite regular independent evaluation to ensure that we successfully address our clients' and families' unique needs. Across the 14 consecutive surveys offered since 1978, we received the highest possible scores from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Envision is a dedicated, compassionate community that provides the best services to 1,200 individuals. We measure our success by clients' progress, as we help children and adults realize self-identified goals and objectives. Above all, Envision is an advocate for the developmentally disabled community. We believe all individuals, given the right opportunities, are capable of achieving great breakthroughs and leading lives of choice, independence, and inclusion.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is Envision?

Envision is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social service organization that supports persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages and abilities. We support 1,200 individuals and families throughout Chicago. All donations to Envision are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by tax law.

When did Envision form?

Envision formed in 1964 from the merger of three grassroots organizations. These three groups were responsible for establishing Chicago’s first special education program (1950) and Chicago’s first vocational training program for adults with developmental disabilities (1961).

What is Envision’s mission?

Envision Unlimited provides high-quality programs and services to persons with disabilities, promoting choice, independence, and community integration for all.

Who does Envision support?

Envision supports one of Chicago's most vulnerable populations: in addition to having a primary diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability, 92% of our clients come from or live in homes at or below the Federal Poverty Level, and approximately 50% have mild to severe physical disabilities as well. 84% of our constituency are of minority ethnicities.

What programs are offered by Envision?

Envision provides a wide array of home and community-based programs that benefit families, children, adults, and seniors. Our day programs, employment services, community living programs, foster care program, and mental health services promote choice, independence, and inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

How does Envision measure "Quality Services?"

Externally, the quality of Envision’s program is assessed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Over a time span of 35 years, Envision has earned the highest possible accreditation from CARF in every survey conducted. Our most recent evaluation in 2012 was our best yet. Envision was rigorously reviewed by surveyors on a total of 1,140 standards. Envision received over 20 commendations for strengths and two very rare “exemplary commendations."