The Chicagoland AUI consortium is led by the The University of Illinois at Chicago. Their project focuses on helping a broad range of individuals with disabilities, from students at Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) to former patients from Schwab Rehabilitation hospital. The primary goal of the program is to help train and prepare individuals to gain employment or to start their own small businesses. Participants with a good business idea and that have a desire to start their own businesses will take a class to develop their idea into a formal business plan and will be provided with a business mentor to help them along the way. FEDEJAL, a federation of Mexican small business owners and regional clubs, will administer a revolving grant fund to provide start-up funds for these start-up businesses. Participants will also have the option to operate their business while in the nascent stage at the business incubator being developed with the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).
- The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Chicago
- Federacion Jalicience del Medio Oeste de los Estados Unidos (FEDEJAL)
- Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
- Youth Connection Charter School
- Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services
- Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Think Tank (ADOPT)
- University of Illinois Chicago Center on Capacity Building for Minorities with Disabilities