TTC intern at work

Our Vision

Teaching Together Chicago believes in the importance of creating a societal expectation that people with disabilities can have success in the labor market when they have the right supports and are given a chance.

Despite the fact that the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed more than 25 years ago, people with disabilities still struggle to access employment. More than 70% of people with disabilities are un/under employed, and many live in poverty because of over-reliance on governmental support.

Teaching Together Chicago is convinced that the way to bridge the current employment gap is by working together across sectors with the common goal of generating new approaches that re-imagine what is possible!

"To show people with disabilities that we love them, means showing them that we value them. — Pope John Paul II

Intern reveiwing class work

Our Mission

The mission of TTC is to help young adults with disabilities achieve their highest level of independence in the home, school, community and ultimately employment.

The project is a collaboration of neighborhood schools, local social service agencies, and the supporting  foundations. The objective is to expand employment and internship opportunities for people with disabilities in Chicago area Schools to further the mission of Teaching Together D.C.

Thank You!

Our thanks to the following for opening doors to employment:

Coleman Foundation
The Owens Foundation
The Claddagh Foundation
Mary Forr Teaching Together Founder

And a Very Special Thank You...

To Teaching Together Washington, DC, Mary Forr and Megan Osterhaut for being the inspiration for Teaching Together Chicago!

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!


Joanne Callahan
708-204-6856 or Email

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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.