Martha Younger-White: Senior VP of Rehabilitation and Education Services

(Chicago, IL) In an effort to boost its overall employment and rehabilitation services, The Chicago Lighthouse has appointed social service professional, Martha Younger-White, as Senior Vice President of Rehabilitation and Education Services.

In this role, Younger-White will be a key part of the agency’s executive team and will work to help Lighthouse program participants find and retain employment and lead independent lives. She will also play a key role in The Lighthouse’s ambitious agenda to better serve the disabled and veteran communities.

Younger-White comes to The Chicago Lighthouse after a distinguished 28-year career as a Senior Manager with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) in which she assisted people with disabilities in a variety of capacities.

Her most notable project with the State of Illinois, recognized by Governor Jim Edgar, was overseeing the installation of the nation’s first pay TTY’s for persons who are deaf and/or hard-of-hearing in over 10 Illinois rest areas. Most recently, she served as the Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Accessibility and Job Accommodation where she was responsible for assuring statewide compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act in all of the department’s programs, services and activities.

While at IDHS, Younger-White had the opportunity to work with The Lighthouse on a number of initiatives, including its CRIS Radio Reading Service, which provides information to the print-impaired community, and the Recipient Identification Number (RIN) Program.
She is a member of several disability organizations and has served on numerous boards, including the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois and Disabled Americans Rally for Equality.

Younger-White is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Illinois-Chicago where she received a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy.