Aspire CareerLink

Aspire CareerLink is a one-of-a-kind job training program in Chicago’s western suburbs that provides adults with disabilities, including autism and cerebral palsy, with job training in the fields of retail or warehouse distribution.

Aspire CareerLink should be considered by:

  • parents who want their child to become a more independent adult equipped with job skills
  • schools that want students with disabilities, such as autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, to develop specific job skills to enhance their resume and increase their chances for post-graduation employment
  • adults with disabilities who want to learn specific job skills and increase their chances of employment in the community
  • employers who are committed to workforce diversity and want qualified, pre-trained employees
  • adults with disabilities who are looking for a job in an inclusive workplace, not a sheltered workshop environment

Over 90% of Aspire CareerLink graduates got a job!

Aspire CareerLink is a ten-week training program that meets two to three days a week and culminates in a two-week, job-focused internship with our partner, Office Depot. Training includes individualized and group instruction in classrooms and in hands-on work environments that replicate real-world environments.

There’s also a specialized curriculum that focuses on soft and hard skills. Soft skills instruction includes workplace readiness as well as social interaction, communication and safety skills. Hard skills instruction for employment in a retail store includes customer service, stocking, sales and cash register. Hard skills instruction for a warehouse distribution center includes filling orders, quality assurance, shipping, packaging and handling, and returns. In both areas, data-driven formalized assessments are conducted to gauge proficiency and insure success.

For more information, call 708.547.3560 or email

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Watch the Davis family’s story about their son Tom’s journey to get a job and gain independence. Or, take a virtual tour of the job training program space with Aspire President & CEO Jim Kales.


Aspire CareersPictured above: The Aspire CareerLink training facility, which features a simulated retail store and warehouse.