Therapeutic Day Schools for Adults with Autism

Therapeutic Day Schools for Adults with Autism

Bridge High School (Little Friends)

2318 Wisconsin Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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.

The Camelot Schools

Central Office Location
7500 Rialto Blvd., Building 1, Suite 260
Austin, Texas 78735
Phone: (512) 858-9900

Children participating in the autism program at Camelot’s day schools take part in a specialized curriculum that focuses on maximizing independent functioning in home, school, vocational and community settings by utilizing music therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, social skills training, prevocational and vocational instruction, and a functional academic curriculum; locations in Illinois include Garden Prarie, Bourbonnais, Hoffman Estates, Mt. Prospect, Naperville, Moline, and Dekalb.

Canopy Program at Giant Steps

Lillian Peterson, Director
Rich Harvest Farms
Sugar Grove, IL
Phone: (630) 864-3801

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.

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.

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.

Genesee Lake School

Amanda Buerger, senior admissions coordinator
36100 Genesee Lake Road
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Phone: (262) 569-5510, ext. 3005

Genesee Lake School is a nationally recognized provider offering programs for students with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological disorders, and emotional disturbances. Additionally, we offer specialized programs for students with autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and complex trauma. Our 160 acre campus is a nurturing setting where students from around the country gain the skills and experiences necessary to successfully return to their families, school districts, and communities. Our goal at Genesee Lake School is to provide an innovative and enriching environment for the students in our care to learn and experience all that life can offer. ISBE Approved and COA Certified.

Ages: 6-21 years
Cost: Accepts private pay, school, ICG, DHS, sliding scale
Wait list depends on current availability.


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


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

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 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.

Hughes Center for Exceptional Children

Michael S. Triggs, CEO
1601 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540
Phone: (434) 836-8500

ISBE approved. Population served: male/female students with autism, pervasive developmental disorder and mental retardation. Program's primary focus: self, family, and, community to prepare for an independent future through educational and vocational instruction and positive guidance.

Ages: 13-22 years
Accepts Illinois Medicaid
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

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

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.

(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. 

Maryville Academy

Maryville Residential Treatment Center
Maryville St. George Program
1150 N. River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(630) 736-7451 (intake)

Specialty: psychiatric, behavioral, intellectual disabilities, self-harm, sexually acting out, autism, trauma. Multiple levels of care: moderate & severe; parenting & pregnancy teen DCFS ward section for those with children. Maryville also has inpatient psychiatric child, adolescent, young adult (18-22 years) & a deaf and hard of hearing program.

Intake (847) 768-5347.
Average stay is 12-18 months.
Ages: 12-21 years (males); 12-21 years (females).

National Deaf Academy

Deana Goldstein, CEO
19650 U.S. Highway 441
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Phone: (352) 735-9500

ISBE approved. Population served: male/female students with autism. Specialized program using the ABA and SCERTS model along with skill acquisition training. While the program serves individuals diagnosed with deafness and autism, they also serve those with normal hearing that are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Ages: 5-22 years
Accepts Illinois Medicaid
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

Northern Illinois Academy

998 Corporate Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60502
Phone: (847) 391-8000

NIA is a resdiential treatment program for male and female children, teens and young adults ages 6-21. Has 4 core programs including Autism Spectrum Disorder Program, Multi-Needs Program (co-occurring psychiatric & developmental illnesses), Social Emotional Disabilities Program, and Independent Living Skills Track. Within NIA, there is an on-site therapeutic day school in which all of our instructors are special education teachers and licensed by the state of Illinois.