info@blue-cap.org | 2155 Broadway St, Blue Island IL 60406
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blue Cap
 

Mission Statement: Blue Cap is an agency dedicated to the discovery, pursuit and achievement of personal growth and dignity for individuals of all ages having or at risk for intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 
 
 
 
 
 

The History of Blue Cap


In the 1960's there were little or no resources available to families who had children with developmental disabilities to help them to better understand the needs of their children. In 1967, a group of concerned parents and local business leaders came together to address that lack of resources. Together they formed an organization known as Blue Cap.
The name Blue Cap came from combining the names of the three local communities that would receive services from that organization: Blue Island, Calumet Park, and Alsip (southwest suburbs of Chicago). Blue Cap responded to the needs of these families by providing a school program that served 28 students with developmental disabilities.
Today, Blue Cap offers a variety of programs that provide educational, vocational, therapeutic, and residential services to more than 400 infants, children, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities. Blue Cap now serves the south side of Chicago and more than 30 suburban communities.
 
Cartoon  - disabled adults in Blue Island, IL
 

The 1967 Opening of Blue Cap's School Immortalized by Local Cartoonist Bob Mueller

At the dedication ceremonies, then-Illinois State Senator Charles Percy said, "I'm not here only to dedicate the bricks and mortar, but to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful help you are giving to these children."