How TTC Works

Program Overview and Responsibilities

Teaching Together Chicago is a collaboration between young adults with disabilities, Catholic and other faith-based schools, social service agencies, and volunteer coaches. Our objective is to greatly expand employment and internship opportunities for young adults with disabilities in the Chicagoland area.

With the assistance of a social service agency, faith-based schools hire a young adult with disabilities for a paid internship, with the option to employ the intern for two additional ten-week internships, and eventually sustainable employment.

The social service agencies collaborate with all involved throughout the internship to provide ongoing support ensuring a successful placement and employment outcome.

Only with the heart one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

How We Collaborate


  • Coordinate disability awareness training.
  • Determine classrooms that will benefit from an intern.
  • Assist with documentation during the orientation process.
  • Implement strategies with vocational specialist for intern’s success.
  • Help intern complete HR orientation.
  • Provide proper supervision and natural supports.
  • Meet with the Social Service Agency to discuss intern’s progress.

Social Service Agencies

  • Provide disability awareness training to the employer.
  • Conduct task analysis in the school to find the best fit.
  • Offer direct support through orientation and completion of onboarding requirements.
  • Supply on-the-job training throughout internship and employment with a vocational specialist.
  • Implement individualized job accommodations.
  • Distribute marketing and promotional materials for recruitment.

Volunteer Mentors

  • After placement, assist both the intern and the school.
  • Meet with intern, school staff, and vocational specialist to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Make school visits twice a month or as needed.
  • Help employee achieve their full potential in a safe and respectful environment.
  • Look for opportunities within the school to foster growth and development of the intern/employee.
  • Act as liaison with school, intern/employee, and family for scheduling and work roles.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Let's Teach Together!

Teaching Together has successfully (and proudly) helped young adults gain skills they are now using as paid employees. We’d love to talk to you about how we can work together to improve the lives of those living with daily challenges!


Joanne Callahan
312-995-3302 or Email

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