About Us

Who We Are

For over 50 years, Envision Unlimited has served people with disabilities across all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Today, our wide array of home and community-based programs benefit over 1,500 individuals across the state of Illinois. Envision provides day programs, community living services, employment services, 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). We measure our success by program participants' progress, as we help children and adults realize self-identified goals and objectives. Above all, Envision is an advocate for the disability 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).