About Us

Our mission is to create opportunities that empower people with disabilities to reach, grow, and achieve.

Our History

In 1950, a small group of dedicated parents formed an organization which was later named Ray Graham Association, in honor of Ray Graham, the first Director of Special Education in Illinois. Graham was an innovator and pioneer in advocating for services for people with disabilities. His leadership set the stage for today’s organization which operates in nearly 40 sites, employs over 400 people and is dedicated to ensuring that nearly 2,000 children and adults with disabilities are safe, happy, and living the best life possible.

Our Services

We acknowledge each person’s life story and what’s important to them. We recognize that each person is unique and has different passions and priorities. We work hard as a team to create customized support services so each person can reach, grow, and achieve. Above all, we value the partnership between team members and family members – and we never take that relationship for granted.


Residential Services

Supporting people in a variety of unique settings that maximize independence, ensure personal care and safety, and encourage socialization opportunities.
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Life Skills Services

Helping people develop and maintain life skills so each person can enjoy a day that is meaningful to them.
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Employment Services

Partnering with hundreds of employers to help people with disabilities find the right job and ensure that support services are in place for a successful transition.
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Recreational Services

Offering therapeutic horseback riding classes and numerous activities and programs through our Gateway Special Recreation Association.
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Family Support Services

Empowering families by offering a unique respite option for children and ensuring that funding is maximized to meet each family’s unique needs.
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Our Commitment to Quality

We were the first non-profit working with people with disabilities to be internationally accredited by the renowned Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and earn the Accreditation with Distinction honor. Our commitment to quality places us in an elite group of support providers.

Ray Graham Association is also a fiscally responsible organization. Only 13% of our budget is allocated to administrative expenses and we are good stewards of financial gifts. That’s why we openly provide access to our financial records. For more information, you can download our Annual Report 2018.

Ray Graham Association is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization.

CONTACT US Ray Graham Association
901 Warrenville Road, Suite 500
Lisle, IL 60532

Call Us: 630-620-2222
Email Us: info@raygraham.org
Ray Graham Association meets national standards on culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). Our plan is available for review upon request.

Ray Graham Association welcomes calls from IL Relay Service (7-1-1).