Devoted to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through individualized employment services.
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 205  Lisle, IL 60532


Inspired by Ability

A paid job training program to assist youth with disabilities secure and retain competitive employment

Inspired by Ability is a paid job training program for individuals with disabilities between the ages of 18 to 24 who have exited school. This program is funded by LWIA 6 (DuPage county) the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in the United States Department of Labor. This program targets individuals with disabilities who have exited the school system, are unemployed, and encounter barriers to employment. Participants served through this program are provided classroom instruction for two hours a week, where they will learn job readiness and employability skills. Participants simultaneously participate in paid work experiences within the community allowing them to explore different career paths. Upon completion of their job training experiences Inspired by Ability staff focus on gainful competitive, integrated employment.Competitive, integrated employment means working in the community with everyone else.



Program Eligibility:

  • Must be 18-24

  • Must have accepted their high school diploma

  • Individuals residing in DuPage County or near by surrounding counties

  • Must have proof of disability (IEP/DRS paperwork/doctor’s note or records)

  • Must have a desire to work competitively and develop strong work ethics

  • Ability to pass a drug screen and background check

  • Participants is expected to play an active role 

  • Have independent hygiene and grooming skills

  • Be able to access public transportation (travel training provided by program)


Our Program Partners

Monarch Landing

Wyndemere Senior Living

UFC Gym 



DuPage County


Aperion Care

Tabor Hills

Inspired by Ability Info Video

The PAEP staff for our Inspired by Ability program created a presentation to showcase the program, so interested families and participants can get an overview of the program, explains eligibility requirements, and provides details on the application and selection process. 

IBA Program Application

To apply for the Inspired by Ability program you can:


Download and complete the application below

Send application to or attach at the bottom of the webpage

Also attach additional files needed:

Proof of disability (IEP or IPE)

High School diploma or equivalent


Please download the application and save it before typing on it.  Then re-save often and when complete before sending it back. 

For more information on the Inspired by Ability program, please contact Program Manager, Kiersten Lira at or 630-449-2707.

Inspired by Ability Questions/Inquiries

Please place any questions or inquires about the Inspired by Ability/Autism Career Connection program here.  Program applications can also be submitted here.  Please allow at least 24 hours for a response

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Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through individualized employment services.


Parents Alliance Employment Project works in partnership with the workNet DuPage Career Center

CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) 

has accredited Parents Alliance Employment Project for its Employment Services: Community Employment Services in Job Development, Job Supports, and Job Site Training Programs.

We do not provide direct services through this website; it is intended for informational purposes only.

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