Founded in 1919, Anixter Center (and its 3 divisions CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society, and Lekotek) is one of Chicago's largest nonprofits serving 10,000 children, teens, adults, and seniors with disabilities each year-most living at or below the federal poverty level. With 34 programs in 35 locations stretching from Zion to Chicago's Southwest Side, Anixter Center provides comprehensive services to help people with all disabilities live, learn, work, and play in the community.
Unlike other nonprofits that focus on one disability or one age group, Anixter Center is uniquely positioned to provide individualized, culturally relevant programs that cover the broad spectrum of disabilities at all ages and stages of life. Examples of our work include:
- Innovative family-based programming for children ages 0-8 with special needs that uses PLAY and TOYS to help them learn, develop, and thrive;
- Job readiness, training, and placement for adults with disabilities;
- The 1st and only free adult literacy program specifically designed for people with disabilities and a therapeutic day school for students ages 7-21 with special needs;
- multi-track programs including art, music, and dance therapies, vocational training, and cultural enrichment for adults with developmental disabilities;
- Multiple programs for children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing including a hearing health clinic, youth program, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health services;
- A unique program for adults with traumatic brain injuries; and
- Education, outreach, and prevention services for the Latino community and all people of color who are at-risk or living with HIV/AIDS.