The mission of IICIL is to create and maintain independence options for people with disabilities by advocating for civil rights, providing services, and promoting full participation of disabled individuals in all aspects of the community.


The IICIL provides assistance to consumers who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing on an individual basis when requested.  The IICIL advocates for civil and human rights of people who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing on the local, state and federal level.  We encourage persons who believe they are experiencing discrimination to learn and use self advocacy skills.

Public Education & Outreach

The IICIL provides information to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community about services through presentations, workshops, sensitivity training, quarterly newsletter and media.  Public education is also available to agencies serving the Deaf/Hard of Hearing communities.

ITAC Amplified Phones

The IICIL is a testing site for Amplified Phones.  If you or someone you know has a difficult time hearing children’s or soft voices over the phone, you may be eligible for the Amplified Phone program.  You may pick up an application packet from our office.  The packet will explain the requirements to be eligible for this program.  There are no age requirements for this program.  Applicants must be Illinois residents.

Technical Assistance

IICIL Deaf Services Technical Assistance is available to consumers, businesses and organizations.  Our staff is qualified to provide training in the use of assistive devices including TTY’s, signalers and closed caption decoders. The IICIL also maintains a list of vendors, both local and nationwide, who provide various types of adaptive equipment.

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