Training for employment is front and center.

Treasurer Frerichs visited Chicago’s Gateway to Learning (GTL) recently to observe participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they build job skills in food preparation, baking, and serving customers in GTL’s commercial kitchen and Dorothy’s Can-Do Bakery & Cafe. While there he heard first-hand from the program’s participants about their work and the impact of GTL’s programs.

After stopping by the bakery, Treasurer Frerichs welcomed attendees to the Employment, Benefits, and IL ABLE Accounts – How They Can Work Together for You presentation, featuring IL ABLE’s JJ Hanley, Jocelyn Romasanta from the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, and GTL’s Employment Services team.

Serving Chicago’s northside since 1974, Gateway to Learning provides lifelong learning for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that promotes active inclusion at home, at work, and in the community. To learn more about Gateway to Learning’s programs, visit

Visit Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities website, to learn more about its services. 

Learn more about IL ABLE at and read the Plan Disclosure Booklet.

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