Human Services Division - Disability Services
Reserved Residential Disability Parking
Residents with a disability may qualify for reserved on-street parking. Conditions that must be met include:
- The disability is permanent.
- Accessible off-street parking does not exist. Off-street parking includes: driveways, garages, car ports and parking pads.
- A vehicle used to transport the resident is registered to a member of the household at the address.
For more information or to obtain an application packet, please call 847/933-8208.
Low Vision Support Group
This group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the Smith Activities Center, 5120 Galitz, Skokie. All interested are encouraged to attend. Guest speakers, research information and exhibits are arranged throughout the year. There is no charge for this program.
FOCUS (For Optically Challenged Upbeat Sorts)
Low Vision Support Group targeting visually impaired baby boomers, but all interested are encouraged to attend. These meetings are scheduled the second Wednesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. For further information, or to confirm the location of next meeting, please call the Human Services Division at 847/933-8208.
Hearing Loss Support Group
This group meets the second Thursday of every month at 1:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the Smith Activities Center, 5120 Galitz, Skokie. The program's purpose is to share ideas, learn about equipment and devices that will assist those with a hearing impairment. Guest speakers are arranged for throughout the year. All interested are invited to participate. Call 847/933-8208 for further information.
News Tapes for People With Visual Challenges
Taped local news and up-to-date Smith Activities Center information. Each tape is sent to the resident with a postage-paid return container. To return, just drop the container back in your home mailbox for postal pick-up. Tapes are mailed on a weekly basis. To participate, please call Human Services Division at 847/933-8208.
Lending Closet - By Appointment Only
The Lending Closet offers Skokie residents the use of canes, walkers, crutches and wheelchairs for periods up to six months. A lightweight travel wheelchair may be borrowed for 24 hours or through a weekend for a $25 deposit that is refunded upon the wheelchair's return in good condition. Standard folding wheelchairs also are available for loan up to six months for a $25 deposit that is NOT refunded. At the end of the six-month period, the wheelchair must be returned to the Smith Activities Center in good condition. A driver's license is required for wheelchair loans. Only one six-month wheelchair is permitted per household per year. The Lending Closet is open Monday through Friday BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call 847/933-8208 for further information, or to schedule a time to pick up a lending closet item.
Home Delivered Meals
Participants in the Home Delivered Meals Program receive one hot meal daily, Monday through Friday. Meals are delivered between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by volunteer drivers. Most medical diets can be accommodated.
To be eligible for the Program, the applicant must be:
- A homebound Skokie resident
- Without the aid of someone to prepare appropriate meals for them
- Physically or mentally unable to prepare hot meals that fits their nutritional needs