Independent Living Resource Links

    Aspire’s mission is to support the successes of children and adults with developmental disabilities, strengthen their families and build embracing communities.
    Connection of Friends is a community-based program which provides a place for teens, age 16 and older, and adults with special needs to gather socially with an emphasis on life skill, volunteer and fitness activities on a daily basis and Saturday evenings. Our primary purpose is for participants to engage in meaningful ways within a supported environment. 
    Giant Steps  
    Giant Steps is currently designated as a therapeutic day school in the State of Illinois licensed and certified to exclusively serve students with a primary diagnosis of autism with the goal of improving a child's ability to interact, communicate, and develop academic and daily living skills through a one-on-one integrated approach
    Marklund is a nonprofit organization that serves infants, children, teens and adults with serious and profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs. With two residential locations--Marklund at Mill Creek in Geneva and the Marklund Philip Center in Bloomingdale, Illinois, it is currently home to nearly 120 clients.

    Marklund is a Day School offering Multi-Needs and Life Skills programs for children and young adults with special needs, and those diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. It is also a skilled nursing unit for medically fragile children and adults, and a developmental training center for adults who need extra assistance in managing their disabilities. 
    At Seguin, we believe that all people, regardless of ability, deserve to achieve their potential, advance their independence and act as full members of the community.
    So we stop at nothing to provide life skills training, assistive technology, meaningful employment and a place to call home for people with disabilities. We place and support them in community jobs throughout the Greater Chicago area, including in our own social enterprises Seguin Auto Center and Seguin Garden and Gifts.
    We ensure that adults with disabilities can live and socialize within their community, by offering residential services in multiple small, community-based homes. And we support their physical and mental well-being and vocational needs with training centers across the region. We also give a home to children and adolescents, with nurturing foster care from birth to 21, including specialized care for children with behavior or medical challenges.In addition, our specialized assistive technology and accessibility services allow us to serve more people, advancing independence and promoting inclusive opportunities for thousands of children and adults with disabilities. Infinitec, with its partners, provides invaluable information about assistive technology, as well as training, equipment, and access to specialists and resources. Our innovative programs leverage the latest technology, but the individuals we serve come first in everything we do. Our goal: life without limits for people with disabilities. 
     Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) provides engaging, community-based cooking 101 class recreational programs and inclusion services for children, teens, and adults with special needs. WDSRA offers Special Olympics, adaptive sports, dance and art programs, camps, trips, special events, and more. We provide a safe learning environment with caring, dedicated, trained staff.

    WDSRA’s mission, the development of individuals through recreation, makes it possible for the more than 4,500 individuals served to grow personally, connect with their community and discover their potential.
    WDSRA is an award winning organization and has been providing recreational and social opportunities to individuals of all ages with disabilities since 1976. WDSRA is a cooperative extension of nine park districts serving the communities of Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, and Winfield