Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At CHAT, we believe in equal access to inclusive services for anyone who needs help communicating. We call this “Communication Justice.”

CHAT is a nonprofit that believes in access to inclusive services to help anyone communicate, regardless of their socio-economic status or any other demographic factor; this more than anything demonstrates our mission, vision, and values. We are committed to providing services that address the depth and breadth of communication needs, from articulation and language to our newest practice area, voice and communication change for transgender/gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals. As COVID-19 widens equity gaps, our work here becomes even more critical. 

As the only nonprofit dedicated to speech and language services in greater Chicagoland, what makes us so different is our commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within our organization and in the community. It is present in everything we do, from the way we stay current on emerging issues of equity related to our field and ensure opportunities for sharing, processing, and planning for responses to these issues; to the use of culturally competent, inclusive language in communications; to the ways we engage in community outreach to build partnerships with values-aligned organizations, and so much more. CHAT is dedicated to making change in the world for our employees, clients/students, and the wider community by providing life changing speech therapy to the people who need it the most in the ways and places that serve them the best. Most recently, that has required a 100% pivot to teletherapy services. If you can help us support more families in need, please donate today.