Helping Hand is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults with disabilities in suburban Cook County and greater Chicagoland communities. We offer a wide range of person-centered programs and services that enhance the educational, therapeutic, residential, and employment opportunities for those we serve. Our programs and services include a school for children with autism, an outpatient clinic, high school transition services, community living homes, adult day and afterhours programming, and employment services.


Transforming lives of all connected to Helping Hand through genuine care and education.


For people with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities to be equally valued in all communities!

In the early 1950s,  parents of children with developmental disabilities struggled to find social and educational options that addressed their children’s unique needs. In response to this, a small group of parents established the Helping Hand Autism School in 1955. We are grateful to these early pioneers, whose dedication and perseverance around supporting and celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of children and adults with disabilities built the foundation of our current programming.

From the humble beginnings of just a few students, the organization grew to accommodate over 750 children and adults through a vocational program, a residential housing program, and eventually the wide array of services offered today. Currently, our clients span over 70 surrounding communities, including Berwyn, Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Chicago, Cicero, Countryside, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, LaGrange, Lyons, Riverside, Summit, Westmont, Western Springs, Willowbrook and numerous others.

We ensure exceptional standards of care through our high client to staff ratios, individualized training programs, 24-hour residential supervision, full transportation services, award winning School for Children with Autism, and fully accredited programs. Helping Hand Center is a valuable resource for our clients, their families, and our community.

Helping Hand Center receives funding through a variety of sources, including the State of Illinois, Lyons Township Mental Health Commission, Riverside Township Mental Health Commission, corporate and private foundations, the Helping Hand Foundation, and other generous supporters who are committed to offering individuals with disabilities the opportunities they dream of and the quality of life they deserve.

HHC FY 2019-2020 Strategic Plan