Day Programs for Adults with Autism

Day Programs for Adults with Autism

Young Adults

Ada S. Mckinley Community Services

1359 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.554.0600
Email: info@adasmckinley.org

Child: Head Start & Early Learning, educational services, and clinical services.

Adult: Progamming includes day programs, employment services, and residential housing.


Association for Individual Development (AID)

309 New Indian Trail Court
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 966-4000
email: info@the-association.org

AID offers support to Kane and Kendall county families of children and adults with disabilities.

Child services include: in-home care to children to prevent the child from being placed into more restrictive care. Additionally, AID offers behavioral health support including psychiatric assesment and medication management and outpatient therapy. 

Adult services include: in-home care for training and support (through Adult Waiver), vocational training, skill training, paid work opportunities, community integration and employment to individuals. Additionally, day program servies (The STARS Program & the Autism Program) focused on active community integration, volunteer work and fitness activities for participants and residential services are available 

Visit website or FAQ for more detailed information.


Blue Cap

School Program
Marge Pyzac
1962 Broadway St., Blue Island, IL 60406
Phone: (708) 389-8137

Provides educational, therapeutic, self-help and pre-vocational services to students diagnosed with developmental disabilities, including autism. An emphasis is placed on cognitive, speech, gross motor, fine motor, social and self-help skills.


Bridge High School (Little Friends)

2318 Wisconsin Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-964-1722

Therapeutic day school for children ages 14-22 with autism or other emotional, cognitive disabilities and emotions disorders that have experienced difficulty in traditional academic programs and require an alternative functional curriculum.


Clearbrook

Tina Yurik
(Administrative office)
1815 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 653-6635 ext 28

Workshop Services (DT-Getz) – Located in Palatine, clients perform jobs in a workshop setting and are paid based on their individual levels of productivity.  Jobs in the workshop are designed to help each individual prepare for a real work environment, either supported or independent.

Ages: 18 years and older

Day programs
Tina Yurik 
Phone: 847-653-6635 ext 28

Clearbrook has a range of weekday community based services designed to support and guide our adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to lead full, rich and productive lives in their communities. Individual needs and choices drive the services and supports.

  • Developmental Training, Riley 1 (Schaumburg) and Riley 2 (Rolling Meadows) – An individualized program plan is developed around each client, resulting in services that blend instruction, interaction with peers, interventions, activities, socialization and community participation.
  • Autism Services (Palatine and Park Ridge) – Clearbrook’s Autism Program (CAP) provides a highly structured schedule emphasizing community integration, recreational activities and opportunities for community-based employment experiences.  The staff ratio of 1:3.
  • CHOICE (Park Ridge and McHenry) – Clearbrook’s CHOICE program supports adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to identify and choose areas of interest while utilizing community-based opportunities for volunteering, employment, leisure activities and socializing.
  • PURSUIT (Rolling Meadows and Hanover Park) – PURSUIT is a collaborative program between Clearbrook and NWSRA, providing services that offer a variety of recreational and leisure activities and experiences in a structured setting.
  • ACES Senior Day Services (50 and over)– Activities and creative experiences for seniors, this program enhances the quality of life for its participants by providing programs and choices to meet the individual’s needs.

Ages: 18 years and older


El Valor

Main Office: (312) 666-4511
Email: info@elvalor.net

Cicero: 2434 S Kildare Ave, Chicago, IL 60623

Pilsen: 1951 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608

South Chicago: 3050 E 92nd St, Chicago, IL 60617

Child: Early Intervention, Head Start, Preschool and respite programming for early childhood

Adult: Pogramming includes day programs, vocational training and long-term residential housing


Envision Unlimited

Autism Services Program
4919 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(312) 346-6230 or (773) 987-3458 (Linda Vero)
email: lvero@chgoarc.org

This Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. program will be designed around the interests, strengths, and needs of program participants. Program strategies will include the following: vocational training, functional curriculum, multimodal communication strategies, individualized schedules/routines, daily exercise program, positive behavioral supports and structure and consistency.

Ages: 18 years and up.
Cost: Private pay or accepts Medicaid Waiver Program.


Giant Steps Inc.

Sylvia Smith
2500 Cabot Dr.
Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: (630) 864-3801
Email: ssmith@mygiantsteps.org

Giant Steps Illinois day school offers a one-on-one integrated holistic approach of services for students with Austism Spectrum Disorders. 


Glenkirk

3504 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-5111
info@glenkirk.org

CILAS throughout Lake County and Northern Cook counties.

Glenkirk Moraine Community Living Facility: Provides the support of full-time staff while allowing residents to enjoy the independence of an apartment setting; 

Glenkirk Family Living Arrangement: Provides people with disabilities a unique opportunity to join a family and share in a home environment.


Good Shepherd Manor

P.O. Box 260
Momence, IL 60954
Phone: (815) 472-3700
Email: info@goodshepherdmanor.org

Not-for-profit, serves the needs of men with developmental disabilities; offer residential services, vocational programs, day programs, and medical services.


Have Dreams

Adult Services Program Coordinator
2020 Dempster
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-905-0702
Email: info@havedreams.org

Career Launch: Your First Job, Have Dreams Academy, Life SCILS


Heartspring

Kristina Baker, director of admissions and outreach 
8700 East 29th Street
Wichita, KS 67226
(C): (316) 214-1132
(O): (316) 634-8874
email: kbaker@heartspring.org

The Heartspring School is a private, not-for-profit, residential and day school, serving students impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities from across the country and around the world. Most Heartspring students also display challenging behaviors that often interfere with their educational progress, as well as their home life and community integration.

Ages: 5-21 yrs.

Cost: Heartspring is a school with a residential program and, therefore, charges tuition and fees. The majority of the students who attend Heartspring are placed through the students’ IEP teams and funded by their local school district. Very few students qualify for funding through insurance providers. However, on a case-by-case basis, this may be possible. Some students have multiple agencies involved in the placement and in the funding (such as a school district, a child welfare agency, adoption subsidy, etc.). For some families, paying privately and/or outside financing may be an option. 


Helping Hand School for Autism

Sally Wilson-Gamble
9649 W. 55th St.
Countryside, IL 60525
Phone: (708) 352-3580, ext. 437

Use research-based intervention modalities and teaching methods to assure best practice to design each child's own individualized program and curriculum.


Krejci Academy/The Mansion (Little Friends)

619 E Franklin Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-6870

Therapeutic day school for children ages 5-21 with autism or other emotional, behavioral or developmental disabilities.


LARC

19043 Wentworth Ave
Lansing, IL 60438
Phone: (708) 474-1540
Email: larclansing@sbcglobal.net

Provides day program, employment and residential supports and services that promote quality, dignity, and choice and will assist individuals with developmental disabilities achieve outcomes of independence in their lives.


Little City - Adult Programs

1760 W. Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, IL 60067
Main Campus: 847-358-5510

700 N Sacramento, Ste 201
Chicago, IL 60612
Chicago office: 773-265-1539

We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.


Keshet (My Life)

600 Academy Drive Suite 130
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 205-1234

MY Life is Keshet’s residential program.  It is designed to allow residents to become fully active members of the community in a warm and caring home that promotes independence and a meaningful life.


Marklund 

info@marklund.org 
(630) 593 5500

Locations in: 

Bloomingdale: 64 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Elgin: 1435 Summit Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120

Geneva: 1S450 Wyatt Drive, Geneva, IL 60134

Programs include Early Intervention services (Ages 0-3; 630-529-2871, ext. 2238), day school programming (Ages 3-21), day program services (Ages 18+) and residential services (all ages), and employment services for indiviudals with developmental disabilities. 


Neumann Family Services

5547 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 769-4313
Email: info@neumannfamilyservices.org

Provides residential, career, day, clinical, support, medical clinic, and case management. Provides developmental training (DT) program for persons with autism.


Oak Leyden Developmental Services

Chandra Dean
411 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 524-1050, ext. 132

Provides developmental assessments.


PACTT Learning Center

Adult Vocational Services
Chris Thomas, vocational services director
Oak Park and Rogers Park
Phone: (773) 299-4010
Email: learningcenter@pactt.org or cthomas@pactt.org

PACTT vocational services works to place people with autism in jobs that allow them to use their skills and take their place in the working world.


Park Lawn

10833 S. LaPorte
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 425-7377
Email: info@parklawn.com

Services include day programming, vocational and employment training, and personal support workers, as well as counseling, speech and language, occupational and physical therapy.


Ray Graham Association

901 Warrenville Road, Suite 500
Lisle, IL 60532
630-620-2222
info@raygraham.org

Works with people with disabilities to provide residential, life skills, life coaching, day program, employment, recreational and family support services.


Spectrum Vocational Services (Little Friends)

2302 Wisconsin Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-852-7520

The Supported Employment Program helps adults with disabilities find jobs in businesses throughout their community and provides training in the form of job coaching, transportation training, and vocational advocacy. Funded through DRS.


St. Coletta's of Illinois

18350 Crossing Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60487
(708) 342-5200

Provides a variety of adult service programming, including Developmental Training, Community Employment Programs, and Competitive Placement to assist persons with disabilities aquire training, obtaining and maintaining jobs within their local community.


UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

3100 S. Central Ave
Cicero, IL 60804
Phone: (708) 863-3803
Email: info@seguin.org

The Life Skills Program also offers participants opportunities to engage in vocational experiences within the UCP Seguin Carr Center and at volunteer sites in the community.


Urban Autism Solutions

Julie Tracy, MA, CCC-SLP, QMHP
1212 W. Flournoy St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Founded in 2012, Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) is dedicated to changing outcomes for young adults (17-35) with autism through an integrated community life that advances social and vocational opportunities.

Adults

Ada S. Mckinley Community Services

1359 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.554.0600
Email: info@adasmckinley.org

Child: Head Start & Early Learning, educational services, and clinical services.

Adult: Progamming includes day programs, employment services, and residential housing.


Association for Individual Development (AID)

309 New Indian Trail Court
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 966-4000
email: info@the-association.org

AID offers support to Kane and Kendall county families of children and adults with disabilities.

Child services include: in-home care to children to prevent the child from being placed into more restrictive care. Additionally, AID offers behavioral health support including psychiatric assesment and medication management and outpatient therapy. 

Adult services include: in-home care for training and support (through Adult Waiver), vocational training, skill training, paid work opportunities, community integration and employment to individuals. Additionally, day program servies (The STARS Program & the Autism Program) focused on active community integration, volunteer work and fitness activities for participants and residential services are available 

Visit website or FAQ for more detailed information.


Blue Cap

School Program
Marge Pyzac
1962 Broadway St.
Blue Island, IL 60406
Phone: (708) 389-8137

Provides educational, therapeutic, self-help and pre-vocational services to students diagnosed with developmental disabilities, including autism. An emphasis is placed on cognitive, speech, gross motor, fine motor, social and self-help skills.


Canopy Program at Giant Steps

Lillian Peterson, Director
Rich Harvest Farms
Sugar Grove, IL
Phone: (630) 864-3801
Email: lpeterson@mygiantsteps.org

Canopy works to incorporate a combination of activities, opportunities, and supports throughout each participant’s programming. This may include participation in community engagement outings, life skills opportunities, vocational readiness activities, leisure or recreational skill development including music therapy, media integration, and movement based sessions.

Ages 22 and up.


Clearbrook

Tina Yurik
(Administrative office)
1815 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 653-6635 ext 28

Workshop Services (DT-Getz) – Located in Palatine, clients perform jobs in a workshop setting and are paid based on their individual levels of productivity.  Jobs in the workshop are designed to help each individual prepare for a real work environment, either supported or independent.
Ages: 18 years and older

Day programs
Tina Yurik 
Phone: 847-653-6635 ext 28

Clearbrook has a range of weekday community based services designed to support and guide our adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to lead full, rich and productive lives in their communities.  Individual needs and choices drive the services and supports.

  • Developmental Training, Riley 1 (Schaumburg) and Riley 2 (Rolling Meadows) – An individualized program plan is developed around each client, resulting in services that blend instruction, interaction with peers, interventions, activities, socialization and community participation.
  • Autism Services (Palatine and Park Ridge) – Clearbrook’s Autism Program (CAP) provides a highly structured schedule emphasizing community integration, recreational activities and opportunities for community-based employment experiences.  The staff ratio of 1:3.
  • CHOICE (Park Ridge and McHenry) – Clearbrook’s CHOICE program supports adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to identify and choose areas of interest while utilizing community-based opportunities for volunteering, employment, leisure activities and socializing.
  • PURSUIT (Rolling Meadows and Hanover Park) – PURSUIT is a collaborative program between Clearbrook and NWSRA, providing services that offer a variety of recreational and leisure activities and experiences in a structured setting.
  • ACES Senior Day Services (50 and over)– Activities and creative experiences for seniors, this program enhances the quality of life for its participants by providing programs and choices to meet the individual’s needs.

Ages: 18 years and older


El Valor

Main Office: (312) 666-4511
Email: info@elvalor.net

Cicero: 2434 S Kildare Ave, Chicago, IL 60623

Pilsen: 1951 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608

South Chicago: 3050 E 92nd St, Chicago, IL 60617

Child: Early Intervention, Head Start, Preschool and respite programming for early childhood

Adult: Pogramming includes day programs, vocational training and long-term residential housing


Envision Unlimited

Autism Services Program
4919 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(312) 346-6230 or (773) 987-3458 (Linda Vero)
email: lvero@chgoarc.org

This Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. program will be designed around the interests, strengths, and needs of program participants. Program strategies will include the following: vocational training, functional curriculum, multimodal communication strategies, individualized schedules/routines, daily exercise program, positive behavioral supports and structure and consistency.

Ages: 18 years and up.
Cost: Private pay or accepts Medicaid Waiver Program.


Good Shepherd Manor

P.O. Box 260
Momence, IL 60954
Phone: (815) 472-3700
Email: info@goodshepherdmanor.org

Not-for-profit, serves the needs of men with developmental disabilities; offer residential services, vocational programs, day programs, and medical services.


Have Dreams

Adult Services Program Coordinator
2020 Dempster
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-905-0702
Email: info@havedreams.org

Career Launch: Your First Job, Have Dreams Academy, Life SCILS


Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center

Pediatric Rehabilitation Physician Clinic
Sally Wilson-Gamble
9649 W. 55th St.
Countryside, IL 60525
Phone: (708) 352-3580, ext. 437

Outpatient clinic for children with a wide array of disabilities and delays. Clinic provides individuals with physical therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, and speech and language evaluation and treatment. Behavioral health clinic provides individual psychotherapy and individual/family behavioral therapy services for all ages.


LARC

19043 Wentworth Ave
Lansing, IL 60438
Phone: (708) 474-1540
Email: larclansing@sbcglobal.net

Provides day program, employment and residential supports and services that promote quality, dignity, and choice and will assist individuals with developmental disabilities achieve outcomes of independence in their lives.


Little City - Adult Programs

1760 W. Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, IL 60067
Main Campus: 847-358-5510

700 N Sacramento, Ste 201
Chicago, IL 60612
Chicago office: 773-265-1539

We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.


Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

140 N. Wright St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: (630) 305-4196, ext. 3
Email: pboheme@lilfriends.com

Services include evaluation and treatment for autism spectrum disorder, including psychological, speech, occupational therapy, and social skills. Additionally, residential services are available to both children and adults needing more supported care.


Marklund

info@marklund.org 
(630) 593 5500

Locations in: 

Bloomingdale: 64 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Elgin: 1435 Summit Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120

Geneva: 1S450 Wyatt Drive, Geneva, IL 60134

Programs include Early Intervention services (Ages 0-3; 630-529-2871, ext. 2238), day school programming (Ages 3-21), day program services (Ages 18+) and residential services (all ages), and employment services for indiviudals with developmental disabilities. 


Neumann Family Services

5547 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 769-4313
Email: info@neumannfamilyservices.org

Provides residential, career, day, clinical, support, medical clinic, and case management. Provides developmental training (DT) program for persons with autism.


Oak-Leyden Developmental Services

411 W Chicago Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 524-1050
Email: info@oak-leyden.org

Adults with developmental disabilities learn skills to live as independently as possible within home and community settings.


PACTT Learning Center

Adult Vocational Services
Chris Thomas, vocational services director
Oak Park and Rogers Park
Phone: (773) 299-4010
Email: learningcenter@pactt.org or cthomas@pactt.org

PACTT vocational services works to place people with autism in jobs that allow them to use their skills and take their place in the working world.


Park Lawn

10833 S. LaPorte
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 425-7377
Email: info@parklawn.com

Services include day programming, vocational and employment training, and personal support workers, as well as counseling, speech and language, occupational and physical therapy.


Ray Graham Association

901 Warrenville Road, Suite 500
Lisle, IL 60532
630-620-2222
info@raygraham.org

Works with people with disabilities to provide residential, life skills, life coaching, day program, employment, recreational and family support services.


St. Coletta's of Illinois

18350 Crossing Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60487
(708) 342-5200

Provides a variety of adult service programming, including Developmental Training, Community Employment Programs, and Competitive Placement to assist persons with disabilities aquire training, obtaining and maintaining jobs within their local community.


UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

3100 S. Central Ave
Cicero, IL 60804
Phone: (708) 863-3803
Email: info@seguin.org

The Life Skills Program also offers participants opportunities to engage in vocational experiences within the UCP Seguin Carr Center and at volunteer sites in the community.