About UsOur mission is to create opportunities that empower people with disabilities to reach, grow, and achieve.
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.
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.
Supporting people in a variety of unique settings that maximize independence, ensure personal care and safety, and encourage socialization opportunities.
Life Skills Services
Helping people develop and maintain life skills so each person can enjoy a day that is meaningful to them.
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.
Offering therapeutic horseback riding classes and numerous activities and programs through our Gateway Special Recreation Association.
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.
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 11% 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 2016.
Ray Graham Association is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization.