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We are a nonprofit team working worldwide.

ODO is all about equitable experience and no project is too big or too small.

Open Doors Organization (ODO), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 2000 for the purpose of creating a society in which all persons with disabilities have the same consumer opportunities as everyone else.

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Our Mission & History

ODO is all about equitable experience and no project is too big or too small.

Open Doors Organization (ODO), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 2000 for the purpose of creating a society in which all persons with disabilities have the same consumer opportunities as everyone else. We aspire to teach businesses how to succeed in the disability market, while simultaneously empowering the disability community.

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Meet our team

Over the past 20+ years, Open Doors Organization has developed a nationwide network of associates and supporters who help us realize large-scale projects and keep us abreast of local and regional developments of importance to the wider disability community. These individuals, who represent many types of disabilities and areas of expertise, work with us on a regular basis as advisers and consultants. In addition to its Board of Directors, ODO has an active Advisory Board drawn from a wide variety of corporations, non-profits and educational institutions. We also benefit from and help to nurture interns from various undergraduate and graduate programs, many of whom go on to careers in disability-related fields.

Eric Lipp

Executive Director

Laurel Van Horn

VP Director of Programs

Adrea Lipp

Director of Operations

Katy O’Reilly

Program Manager

Craig Kennedy

Program Coordinator

Pat Pound

Consultant