Our 1st Annual Fundraiser was a Huge Success!

THANK YOU to all who joined us at Harry Caray's Restaurant in downtown Chicago! We are so grateful for all the support given to OPENING DOORS to employment!

"I have something, you have another, and together we have something bigger and more beautiful. This is how we go forward." — Pope Francis

Teaching Together

Teaching Together facilitates on-the-job experience and training for adults with disabilities so they can work as paid interns in Chicago-area Catholic schools where their gifts and contributions are greatly needed!

How It Works

Through partnerships with social services agencies who are experts in vocational training and placement, interns are screened, trained, and coached. Ongoing support is provided before, during and after the internship to ensure successful outcomes for all.

Research shows hiring individuals with disabilities:

  • Improves work culture and increases job morale.
  • Does not increase insurance liability or workman’s compensation insurance rates.
  • Expands employment opportunities for those with disabilities.

Catholic School Personnel

Do you work for a Catholic School and want more info?

Prospective Interns

Do you want to apply for the internship program?

Social Services Agencies

Do you want to participate in Teaching Together?

Help Us Make More Success Stories

Please help make more success stories!

Teaching Together Chicago introduction featuring Cardinal Cupich. Transcript for this video

Interns Employed

Chicago Schools

Social Service Agencies

Let's Teach Together!

Teaching Together has successfully (and proudly) helped young adults gain skills they are now using as paid employees. We’d love to talk to you about how we can work together to improve the lives of those living with daily challenges!


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Teaching Together Chicago is a program of Center for Independence through Conductive Education Inc., an Illinois nonprofit under Section 501 C 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the Center is to help people with disabilities achieve their highest level of potential. Learn more about the Center.