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CFCCC Resource Guide

General Services (including Home Healthcare)



311 -- Dial 311, Chicago’s non-emergency service number for reporting standing water, abandoned car, etc.  You can also request these services by calling your aldermanPeople who live outside the City of Chicago may call 312-744-5000.


Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Home Page




Ants-- identify and eliminate ants.  Call for fact sheet from University of Illinois Extension 773-233-0476


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Free information materials on CFS and CDC-sponsored CFS research.  Also maintains a 24-hour voice information system on CFS at the phone number below.


Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases
National Center for Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333
Switchboard: (404) 639-3311

Public Inquiries: (404) 639-3534 / (800) 311-3435





Quality clothes products for home and professional use.


1301 Erie Ave.

P.O. Box 1005

Sheboygan, WI  53081

Ph: 920-457-7383

Fax: 920-457-2558

Email: catalog < at >


(goes to Hygienic Fabrics & Filters)

Hygienic Fabrics & Filters, Inc.
Lanark Office
P.O. Box
118 S. Broad St.

Lanark, IL 61046

Phone: (815) 493-2502
Fax: (815) 493-1098


Directory-Assistance service


To get free directory assistance (411) for those unable to use phone books, you must do the following:

1.     Call the SBC business office at (800) 244-4444. Tell them you want to be sent the forms for free directory assistance.

2.     A MEDICAL DOCTOR certifying that you are visually disabled must fill out the application form.

3.     Make a photocopy of your signed forms for your records before returning them to SBC.

4.     Mail the forms back in the envelope provided. Call the SBC business office about two weeks after you mail the forms to make sure your application has been processed. Once you are registered with the phone company, you should not be charged for any 411 calls.



To request large print bills: Horizons for the Blind (815) 444-8800.

(The phone company needs to submit the bills to Horizons for you.)  National Fraud and Information Center & Internet Fraud Watch Programs.  Submit a report of fraud online.



Government Listings


How to complete Disability Report Form (SSA-3368) for Adults, an important part of your application for disability benefits.



How to Contact Social Security http:\\


The ADA Your Employment Rights as an Individual with a Disability



Accommodating People with CFS http:\\


Accommodating People with Fibromyalgia http:\\


Ideas for writing Accommodation Request Letter http:\\


More Information on Job Accommodation Network http:\\


Heating and Cooling Financial Assistance


Customers who face difficulties paying their winter electric bills may apply for financial assistance provided by the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Telephone: 800-571-2332 (LIHEAP) or 312-795-8998 (Weatherization)
Hours of Operation:
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Health Care Consumer Rights Hotline


Updates on newly passed legislation and information on what your rights are.  Maintained by the Campaign for Better Health Care in Chicago.


Ph: 888-544-8269


Heathcare Plus

6037 ½ N. Cicero Ave.

Chicago, IL  60646


Provides RNs, LPNs, CNAs, Home Health Aides, Medical Social Workers and Registered Therapists.


Home Repairs for seniors, H-RAIL, Home Repairs for Assisted and Independent Living


Assists eligible seniors in obtaining free minor home repairs and modifications for home accessibility.


Edgewater Community Council

1042 West Bryn Mawr

Chicago, IL 60660

Ph: 773-334-5609

Fax: 773-334-1871

Email: edgecc < at >, < at >, edgewatercouncil < at >


City of Chicago Department on Aging
North La Salle, Room 100
Chicago, IL60602


Humanitarian Service Project (H.S.P.)


Supports DuPage and Kane County residents who live in poverty, particularly at Christmastime.


465 Randy Rd. - Carol Stream IL 60188

phone:  630-221-8340   fax:  630-221-8371   
email: hsp < at >


Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)


Vocational rehabilitation, skills training, school-to-work and on-the-job training programs, parental advocacy training, residential educational facilities, and assistive technology information and referral.


DORS field staff provide services to people with disabilities in 51 offices located throughout the state. Use the DHS Office Locator to find the Rehabilitation Services office closest to you, or call the DHS 24-Hour Telephone Hotline:

(800) 843-6154 English or Español

(800) 447-6404 TTY for callers who are deaf or hard of hearing

For general questions about DRS, email DRS < at >


Information Services:  The Chicago Public Library’s Information Center is a telephone-ready reference service.  The service is staffed by reference librarians and associates who provide quick answers to questions.  312-747-4300.

See also Chicago Public Library’s Information for People with Disabilities:


Lake View Funeral Home


Offers free service to record living will specifying kind of health care you wish, designate Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare to ensure your wishes are carried out, Emergency Medical Care with critical medical information; final arrangements, funeral or other ceremony, burial or cremation.


1458 West Belmont

Chicago, IL 60657

Ph: 773-472-6300


The Lighthouse Catalog


Products to make life easier for people with impaired vision.


111 E. 59th Street,

New York, NY  10022-1202

Ph: 212-821-9200, 800-829-0500

Fax: 212-821-9707

Email: info < at >



Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly


Supplies meals and transportation to the elderly.

355 N. Ashland Ave.

Chicago, IL  60607-1019

Phone (312) 455-1000

Fax (312) 455 9674

email:  chicago < at >



“Locks of Love”


Helps financially disadvantaged children under 18 who are in need of hair.  Accepts hair from everyone.

2925 10th Ave. North, Ste. 102
Lake Worth, FL 33461

Ph: 561-963-1677, 888-896-1588

Fax 561-963-9914



National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, a clearinghouse of information on physical activity and disability.  800-900-8086.


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Clinical Research


CFS fact sheets and brochures available.

Phone 301-496-5717
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD)
Fax 301-402-3573

NIAID Office of Communications and Public Liaison
6610 Rockledge Drive, MSC 6612
Bethesda, MD 20892-6612
United States of America



National Institutes of Health


Health information, including fact sheets and health hotlines; grant and funding opportunities; news and events.


9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892

Ph: 301-496-4000

Email: NIHinfo < at > OD.NIH.GOV



National Library of Medicine


Consumer health information as well as abstracts and some full-text articles available through the MEDLINEplus, PubMed, and Internet Grateful Med databases.


8600 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD  20894

Ph: 888-346-3656, 301-594-5983

Email: custserv < at >



Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)


Office of Special Education Programs
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20202

Ph: (202) 245-7468



On a Roll


Live, national, disability radio talk show: heard in the Chicago area on WAUR, 930 A.M. on Sundays from 5 to 7 pm.  Also available on the internet.


Website:  Search engine to check professional license, driver’s license, sex offenders, etc.  Cost:  $25 annually for individual; $9.95 for 1 month.


Regency At-Home Care Service

6625 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Niles, IL  60714


Bonded and insured staff; companionship, personal care; appointment escort, light housekeeping, meal preparation


Resources For When Your Wallet Gets Stolen

--Stopping credit card theft


Equifax 1-800-525-6285

Trans Union 1-800-680-7289


SHARE (Society for Human Advancement through Rehabilitation Engineering Foundation)


Provides adaptive computer equipment for people with disabilities.

SHARE (Society for Human Advancement through Rehabilitation Engineering) Foundation, Inc.
UMass Dartmouth
Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747

Ph: 508-999-8482

Fax: 508-999-8901

Email: share < at >



SOS Emergency Phone


Nationwide service, 24-hour personalized assistance.  Phone runs on AA batteries.  Call for more information:


SOS Wireless Communications, Inc.

P.O. Box 15750

Irvine, CA 92623

Ph: 714-775-9400

Fax: 714-775-9401

Email: info < at >



Stress Less


Mission is to help you learn how to reduce the stress in your life and to feel better inside and out.

Stress Less, Inc.
1050 Windsor Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30319

Ph: 800-555-3783

Fax: 404-303-0416
Credit Card Orders Only



Talking Book Center:  The Chicago Public Library’s Talking Book Center serves blind, physically and print-handicapped patrons in Chicago.

5th Floor North

Chicago Public Library

Harold Washington

Library Center

400 South State Street

Chicago, IL  60605 

(800) 757-4654

(312) 747-4001


Telephone Consumer Protection Act


You can instruct any telemarketer to add your name to a “do not call” list.




Weatherization for Homes.  Linda Arana 708-450-3500 Tuesday only.


Zip Codes, Postage Rates, Mailing Requirements, Package Redelivery/Vacation hold mail, and Post Office Hours and Locations


Ph: 800-275-8777