Our Life-Changing Story
Founded in 1950, Ray Graham Association serves nearly 2,000 people with disabilities and employs nearly 350 people. Ray Graham enriches lives by empowering those we support and those who care for them to reach, grow, and achieve. Thank you for being a part of this life-saving and life-giving mission.
Our Purpose-Driven Mission
Thanks to your continued support, Ray Graham Association provides a loving community, stability, and personal care, for people with disabilities. Our goal is to empower people to:
- Reach their potential by providing access to therapeutic programs, recreation, and family support resources.
- Grow their future through neighborhood living, life-skills training, and employment opportunities.
- Achieve their goals by pursuing personalized plans with measurable actions and results.
Our Ground-Breaking Namesake
J. Ray Graham (1898-1961) was a lifelong public servant. He was an educator, administrator, and superintendent for various Illinois school districts before being appointed the first Director of Special Education in the state. Innovative and pioneering, he advocated for people with disabilities as an expert lecturer in the field.
Our Person-Centered Ethos
Ray Graham Association believes in a person-centered approach to care and community. We provide people with disabilities and their families an array of services that cater to their individual needs, strengths, and dreams. Putting people first leads to a happier and healthier community.
Title VI Non-Discrimination
Ray Graham Association complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which states, “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The final Title VI Program can be found here, which includes an explanation of the complaint and appeal process.