No Limits

aka RAMP   |   Rockford, IL   |


RAMP's mission is to build an inclusive community that encourages individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

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Principal Officer

Jackie Sundquist

Services Director

Amy Morris

Main address

202 Market St

Rockford, IL 61107 USA

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NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Independent Living Services

The heart and soul of Independent Living is being in control of your own life. RAMP’s independent Living Skills Training empowers people with disabilities to attain new skills and techniques so they are able to participate in daily living, recreational/social opportunities, and vocational/volunteering activities. Through the creation of self-developed goals RAMP assists motivated individuals to gain greater overall independence. RAMP can assist with independent living skills training including but not limited to the following areas:
• Accessing public transportation
• Developing and managing a personal budget
• Promoting self-advocacy
• Teaching home-making skills
• Utilizing community services
• Obtaining assistive devices and durable medical equipment
• Hiring and maintaining a Personal Assistant

RAMP understands that a person with a disability who learns to navigate through daily activities in concert with their disability is free to pursue all the possibilities of life.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Everyone has the right to achieve their full potential and this starts with a solid education. RAMP works with students and their families to learn the laws that protect the rights of a student with a disability, how to navigate the maze of community services, and to learn the skills required to achieve their goals. Youth Education & Advocacy Services are for students with disabilities and their families who require information, referral, self advocacy training, or peer support to ensure that they receive a fair and equitable education so they can achieve their full potential during their school years and as they transition to adult life.

• Educational rights training
• Self-Advocacy Skills training
• Information & Referral
• Peer Support
• Independent Living Skills training
• Transition Planning guidance
• Educational workshops
• Assistance with letter writing
• Attendance at IEP, 504 or other related meetings

Population(s) Served

Provides services and purchase items to establish a home in the community. The goal is to identify the services and support systems that a nursing facility resident may need in order to move into his or her own residence and to live independently again.

Persons Served: Individuals with disabilities living in a nursing home who desire to move back into the community.

Admission Criteria:
• Have a documented disability – physical, mental, cognitive, visual, hearing etc.
• Have a barrier to returning to the community
• Any age
• Live in an Illinois long term care or rehab facility, institution, CILA, or assisted living
• Have income to support costs of community-based living (i.e. SSI, SSDI, etc)

Services Provided:
• Locate and secure affordable housing
• Assist with the first month’s rent and security deposit
• Provide household items
• Provide assistive equipment and devices
• Arrange for home remodeling to ensure independent safe functioning
• Provide training in independent living skills
• Make referrals of personal assistant services
• Provide personal assistant management training
• Provide case management
• Provide advocacy
• Peer support

Population(s) Served


Community Education
RAMP’s presenters use real life experiences to help others understand that having a disability is just another aspect of life. We recognize the importance of being able to provide high quality trainings to individuals and groups seeking a better understanding of how to make the community more inclusive. RAMP’s passionate, dedicated staff is available to train any audience on a wide range of disability awareness topics including (but not limited to):
• RAMP Services
• ADA Laws & Regulations
• Disability Etiquette
• Disability Awareness
• Disability Sensitivity
• Accessibility Guidelines

Technical/Accessibility Assessments
Businesses who are concerned about their compliance with the ADA, or who wish to improve accessibility of their business for their employees or customers can contact RAMP for free technical assistance. RAMP staff are available to conduct an onsite Accessibility Assessment and suggest modification in written form, if desired, based on the Illinois Accessibility Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act – a fee based service.

Providing total access to your customers is not only the law, it is good business.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations
Social and economic status
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups

These services lay a foundation for high school students with disabilities to reach their full potential by encouraging enrollment in college, preparing for employment or career opportunities, and preparing for independent living. These services can be provided in a group setting or via individual instruction. Services include exploring student’s options for post-secondary education and/or employment by gaining job seeking skills, finding job shadow or internships in the community, and/or obtaining community employment while still in school. The goal is to leave students with the tools needed for a successful transition to further their education and/or employment desires.

• Willing to enroll in the State of Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation Program
• Have a documented disability (IEP, 504, medical/counseling records)
• Ages 14 through 21
• Enrolled in an education program

• Career exploration
• Soft/Essential skill training
• Transportation training
• Job seeking skills training
• Job shadow/volunteer opportunities
• Apprenticeship/Internship opportunities
• Resume development
• Master application development
• Interview skills training
• Peer Support
• Benefit planning assistance/referral
• Mentoring on post-secondary education & certification opportunities
• Independent living skills training
• Self-Advocacy skills training

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The RAMP offices located in Stephenson & DeKalb Counties are ITAC selection centers providing telecommunications access to people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, Speech Disability, and Deaf-Blind. This is accomplished by providing the Illinois Relay Services and issuing equipment that range from amplified telephones to Braille phones. Bluetooth/cellular capable devices are now available through ITAC.

Eligibility Requirements include:
• You must be a legal resident of the State of Illinois.
• You must have working land line telephone service at the address on your application form.
• You must be certified as Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Speech-Dis
abled or Deaf-Blind by: licensed physician, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or designated DHS/DRS counselor.

Population(s) Served

All of RAMP’s services are available with the assistance of RAMP’s Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Advocate. In addition to consumer support, the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Advocate is available to educate the community-at-large though custom designed presentations or sensitivity to: a means to communicate with individuals who are deaf and/or hard-of-hearing; deaf culture; and how to locate communication accommodations.

For more information about deaf services please contact RAMP.
Voice and Captel Users: 1(877)243-2823 then dial (815)968-2401 and hit # key
Caption Call: (815)968-2401

Population(s) Served

RAMP’s Employment Services (ES) has been providing assistance and support to people with disabilities seeking employment through the Ticket to Work program (see Employment Network below) and otherwise since 2012. All employment services are geared toward community-based, integrated employment. Peer support and mentoring are significant aspects of the services participants receive from ES. In fact, a majority of our ES staff have personal experience with disability and some of us have been on Social Security benefits at some point in our lives. You can take comfort in knowing that we understand the questions and concerns that you may have about returning to work because we have been there. You will receive support and encouragement from people who have left benefits and successfully returned to the workforce.

If you are in current pay status under the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs and are between the ages of 18 and full retirement age you are eligible for services through the Ticket to Work program. RAMP is an Employment Network with the Ticket to Work Program and has a contract with Social Security to provide services. This program is strictly voluntary on the part of the consumer/beneficiary. Employment Network also has the option of whether to accept a consumer’s ticket.

RAMP will provide the following services: benefit counseling, job readiness, job development, and case management.

• Benefit Counseling
RAMP Employment Services can link you to a Certified Work Incentive Counselor that serves all of RAMP’s counties. The CWIC will evaluate the consumer’s past and current SSDI/SSI benefits and ensure that the consumer understands how working will affect their benefits.
• Job Readiness
RAMP will work with the consumer to determine abilities and skill level, prepare a resume, arrange and conduct mock interviews, arrange job shadowing with community partners, provide information on local transportation systems to get to a job and make sure the consumer has an appropriate wardrobe.
• Job Development
RAMP will develop an individual work plan (IWP) for each consumer and then assist them in locating potential employers.
• Case Management
Once employed, RAMP will maintain regular contact with each consumer to assist with barriers to work, regular problems at work, opportunity analysis for promotion and continuous benefits counseling, as needed.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments
People with hearing impairments
People with hearing impairments

Project SEARCH is a unique, business led, one year school to work transition program that takes place entirely in the workplace. The selected students will work in three internships over the course of the year in combination with classroom instruction, goal setting, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Each student works with a team that includes their family, an instructor, a department mentor, rehabilitation counselor and employment specialists to create their employment goal and to support the student during their transition from school to work.

• Admission Criteria
o Be 18-21 years of age
o Referred by a participating school district
o Have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan)
o Ready to graduate upon completion of the Project SEARCH program year
o Strong desire to achieve a job in the community
o Family support

• Worksite Rotations
Each student participates in three internships supported by an onsite employment specialist and supervised by an on-site manager. A special education teacher oversees the students’ IEPs and provides daily classroom instruction at the beginning and end of each day.

Project SEARCH internships at host sites are unpaid, similar to other internship programs, but are individually created to focus on each student’s interests and work potential. Sites include:
• Pharmacy
• Operating Room
• Central Distribution
• Human Resources
• Environmental Services
• Food Services
• Sterile Processing
• Pediatrics
• Mail Room
• Cancer Center
• Pain Center
• Physical Therapy

• Classroom Curriculum
Throughout the school year, students participate in a functional academic curriculum that stresses employability and independent living skills. Major classroom focus areas include:
• Team Building
• Workplace Safety
• Technology
• Self Advocacy
• Maintaining Employment
• Financial Planning
• Health & Wellness
• Preparing for Employment

Population(s) Served

We assist people with disabilities in learning how to use public transportation. RAMP believes that this is an important skill for people with disabilities to learn so that they can be productive members of their community and get the services that they need in their community. (The services provided in Rockford and Belvidere is a cooperative effort with the Rockford Mass Transit District.)

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RAMP envisions those we serve develop the necessary life skills and obtain the resources needed to reach their full potential.
To this end, RAMP will:
• Meet the needs of those we serve by developing innovative program models that are exciting to staff, funders, partners, and the community.
• Expand its work to those underserved, not served and grow the organization in a sustainable manner.
• Review potential opportunities to further develop, improve, and strengthen its program models.
• Expand service models and staff training to increase effectiveness across the organization.
• Improve its use of data and technology to analyze outcomes and develop effective programming for those served.
• Work closely with funders and stakeholders in an innovative, effective, and responsible manner to improve upon meeting the specific needs of those served.
• Develop new, unrestricted funding streams by expanding our social enterprise businesses and fundraising revenue sources.

Services & Programs: With a focus on strong existing services and excellent community and partner relationships, RAMP’s services and innovative new programs meet and exceed consumer expectations.
Workplace Culture: Our leadership and board create a positive and supportive ROWE culture that takes care of employee needs, ensuring long-term retention and having the right employee in the right role.
Marketing: RAMP is known as the disability resource in the community for all ages/all disabilities and our target audiences and community at large know and understand the services we provide.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: RAMP is diverse among board and staff which contributes to having increased access and excellent outreach and service for our diverse consumer base.
Fundraising & Finance: There are more than sufficient funds from diversified funding streams to fully support the consumer and employee needs, which allows the agency to be fiscally self-sufficient.
RAMP leadership and key staff met to address the overall KRA, objectives, financial and technology impact of each and created a work plan to insure RAMP reaches the goals outlined in the plan. All staff responsible for each KRA and objective will implement the results they are responsible for in their individual work plans, ie. ROWE Results that is updated at least monthly. RAMP leadership will update all staff and the board no less than quarterly on the progress until all goals are met.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    individuals with the disabilities of all ages, all disabilities Schools - faculty and students community at large stakeholders

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We want to ensure all of our employment programs offered are offered consistently across our four-county service area. To do that we needed to add staff to our smaller offices - which we did in July 2022.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback



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Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alan Zais


Term: 2021 - 2023

Jessica Koltz

Rasmussen College

Alan Zais

Winnebago County Housing Authority

Craig Fetty

Raymond James

Arles Hendershott Love


Joe Marshall

Retired from Landstar

Kim Schweitzer

Aka Resources

Jurea Crudup

Awaken Foundation

Misty DeHaven

FHN Family Counseling

Nikki Lynch

Rockford Park District

Lafekeria Vaughn

Winnebago County States Attorney's Office

John JJ Wett

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/28/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/28/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.