For more than 40 years, CHAT has given children in need the gift of communication. Focused on inclusion and centered in social justice, CHAT provides life-changing speech therapy to children with few—if any—other options. Through our clinic, in schools, and in partnership with community nonprofits, we tailor services specifically to children’s needs and build on their strengths. We approach our work with deep cultural humility, and understand the need for systemic change in healthcare and education so that our students can be more sustainably supported. We strive for more communication justice by serving under-resourced children whose communication disorders and differences contribute to their inequitable treatment, and by working to remove structural barriers to access.
Communication is a human right. Every child needs to communicate with the world around them. CHAT exists to include and empower children whose voices have not been heard, helping them to access a better future.
"Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
How We Help
Conditions We Treat
Learn more about the conditions we treat, now through teletherapy, and how we can help!
Currently enrolling for winter 2021.
CHAT clinic reopens with a fresh
new space inspired by the kids
that inspire us.
We are proud to partner with organizations across Illinois to provide life changing speech services to children in need. Learn more about some of our partners:
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