Help us to ensure every child receives the services they deserve.


CHAT: the only nonprofit providing speech and language services in the Chicagoland area.

At CHAT, one of the only nonprofits dedicated to changing lives through speech and language therapy in the country and the only one committed to “communication justice”– our work to effect change for under-resourced and under-represented people whose communication disorders and differences contribute to their inequitable treatment, we know how important verbal communication is to the overall quality of one’s life. That’s why we’re dedicated to making sure that ALL individuals have access to the superior care we provide, particularly those with financial, language, geographic and other barriers to getting the care they need.

For people with speech or language disorders, early diagnosis and effective therapy can make the difference between success in school, in relationships, and ultimately in the work place. People with widely accepted insurance plans and deeper pockets can receive quality care from other providers in our area, but very few accept Medicaid. None provide the summer literacy and social communication programs that we do, free of charge to children who attend them. We also provide scholarships to families who are underinsured or unable to meet their out of pocket insurance costs for therapy.

In addition to our reduced cost and free services, we are constantly innovating to help underserved populations like incarcerated youth or survivors of domestic abuse. We have recently launched a transgender voice therapy practice, with the intention of serving the high population of transient trans teens and young adults in homeless shelters throughout our area. In order to do all of this, we need your help.

How does your support help?

Supporting CHAT is a wonderful way for you to make a powerful, long-term impact on someone's life. Your donation will go towards things like:

  • Offsetting the cost of 1:1 therapy.
  • Enabling a Medicaid child to attend one of our summer programs.
  • Purchasing supplies and tests to supports kids in our program.
  • Training therapists in specialized areas of need
  • Obtaining out of state licenses to deliver much-needed services via teletherapy
  • Helping us hire and retain the highest quality therapists.
  • And much more!

We hope that you not only believe in the powerful work that we’re doing at CHAT, but that you’re willing to help financially support the children in our community who need your help. To donate, click here.

Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more.

“Thank you for giving me the chance to be a part of this program – it changed everything for me. Because we couldn’t afford it, my mom told me it was a miracle. I believe her… thank you.”

Alex, age 13

“Anna was frustrated and experiencing failure in school, and we had no hope for help. We didn’t have insurance, but because of people who want to help, Anna was able to participate in the Language to Literacy program with CHAT. That was the difference between no hope and my child learning to love reading today.”

Maria, mother of 11-year-old Anna