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Center for Disability Services

The Center for Disability Services aims to improve the quality of life for persons with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. CDS provides support and direct services to individuals and families impacted by the challenges of developmental disabilities, in addition to promoting community awareness and advocating for issues pertaining to those with developmental disabilities.

CDS was founded in 1955 as a school serving children with cerebral palsy. Over the years, CDS’ programs and services have expanded to serve individuals with severe, multiple disabilities including intellectual disability, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, autism and other developmental disabilities. CDS provides services in a seven county area including Will, Kankakee, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle, Ford, and Iroqouis.

A Letter From Our President & CEO

Dear Friends of CDS:

I am delighted yet humbled to announce that I have been appointed the President & CEO of the Center of Disability Services, formerly United Cerebral Palsy in Joliet.

Many of you know me – or know of me- from my days as publisher of The Herald-News. Sheryl and I have returned to Joliet – our home – after ten years away in Minnesota.

As someone said: “Maybe its divine intervention or just plain dumb luck.” Whatever the reason, CDS found me and I have found “something meaningful” – a way to give back to the community that I have grown to love. I choose to believe everything in life happens for a purpose and a reason.

Every day as I enter the handsomely renovated former Reedswood Elementary School in Joliet, I feel a positive vibe that I would wish upon anyone who holds a job. A few steps into the door and I am surrounded by “heroes.”

Who are these heroes? They are the individuals facing challenges beyond belief and the dedicated staff who serve them. Please find a few of their inspiring stories on the below. 

CDS has been blessed over its 62 years from friends like you who have donated their time and their resources to support persons with disabilities. My role as president and CEO is to provide leadership and financial stability to serve the CDS mission for years to come.

I ask you to please help me to help the individuals, families and guardians served by CDS.

Simply stated, for CDS to thrive, it requires financial support from folks like me and like you who have a heart to sustain and advance:

  • School programming for ages 3 to 22
  • Developmental training for adults
  • After-school and in-home respite care
  • Four independent living homes

It is my hope and desire that the CDS fiscal year beginning July 1 commences on a strong financial footing – and I hope you will aid in my vision. Please consider doing what Sheryl and I have committed to do for CDS:

Sheryl and I have found that a smaller gift charged monthly to a credit card, or an amount deducted monthly from a checking account, actually is easier on our budget than writing a one-time check. The process is simple and feels painless! The enclosed envelope describes how to set up your tax-deductible recurring donation.

Thank you very much for considering a donation today, whether once annually — or a gift monthly — to help CDS continue the grand work it provides individuals with disabilities every day.

Randy Chapman, President & CEO

Advancing the Independence of People with Disabilities

Trenasha, Respite Program

My name is Katrina Watt and I absolutely love and appreciate Center for Disability Services because the staff takes great care of my daughter Trenasha.  The love and affection the staff gives my daughter is very genuine to me.  I love the smile on Trenasha’s face when I pick her up.  It makes me feel so secure. I don’t know what I would do without CDS.

Jasmin, School Program

Jasmin loves to come to school and learn.  She likes to go to the mall and spend time with her mom.  Another one of her favorite things to do, is to visit the zoo.  Her favorite animal is the lion.  When she is home from school, she likes to go to the park. Jasmin also enjoys swimming during summer break. CDS makes it possible by providing continuum and holistic care.

Ashley, Adult Development Training

As an adult individual served by CDS, one of the many things I really like is the way CDS cares about my input and what I have to say.

Dear Friends of the Center for Disability Services:

To assure that children, adolescents and adults like Trenasha, Jasmin and Ashley continue to thrive and achieve their personal best, please consider a re-occurring monthly gift.

To enroll, please use the enclosed envelope.  For more information about CDS and its programs, please contact Gina Wysocki, CDS Development Coordinator, at 815-744-3500, ext. 220, or email to

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