About CSS

Founded in 1981 by a visionary group of parents, educators and community leaders, Community Support Services was established on the premise that all individuals deserve an optimal chance to live with independence, self-esteem, and personal fulfillment. This fundamental belief continues to inspire our programs and services and motivate our many passionate staff members and volunteers.

CSS has continued to grow strategically and compassionately, striving to better serve people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. Ours is a story of hope and optimism—a story that speaks of the human ability to create, to achieve, and to make a tangible and lasting difference in the lives of others.

Mission Statement

Community Support Services is a private, nonprofit service agency that initiates, provides and promotes services for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families, within their communities, in order to strengthen their independence, self esteem, and ability to participate in and contribute to community life.

Service Principles

  • Persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities are people first and are respected as individuals.
  • The needs, as identified by persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families, determine the services. Because these needs change over time, services need to be made available throughout the person’s life.
  • Persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities, their families, and professionals work as partners to make the service delivery system more responsive to individual needs.
  • Persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities are members of families, and this primary relationship is ongoing and needs to be supported.
  • Persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities are entitled to live and participate in the community and to receive the same opportunities and protection as people without disabilities.

Who We Serve

CSS provides support annually to over 750 children, adults and seniors with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. We provide services in west suburban Cook County and eastern DuPage County.

HOW TO APPLY

To qualify for help from Community Support Services, you must be diagnosed with a developmental disability and:

  • Reside in western Cook or eastern DuPage county
  • Meet age restrictions (specific to particular services)
  • Fill out a CSS Intake Form

For more information, please get in touch with our Intake Department. You can reach us at Intake@CSSservices.org or by phone at 708.354.4547 ext. 142.

INTAKE INQUIRY

CSS has maintained the highest level of CARF Accreditation since 1997

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