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Capturing the Magic from the 47th Little Friends Benefit Auction

On behalf of everyone at Litte Friends, we want to express our sincere appreciation to all the attendees, sponsors, and supporters of Little Friends 47th Benefit Auction. It was a wonderful evening with experiences and memories of the time together with friends helping individuals and families challenged by autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities. The continued support over the years of so many of those in the room was only enhanced by the new faces we introduced… Read Full Post

FUN Club has a New Home at Little Friends 

When Pat Adamatis joined the Little Friends Board of Directors after her retirement from Naperville Central High School, we knew she would bring a wealth of knowledge from her 37 years as a Physical Education teacher and advocate for students with special needs.  Starting in February, the FUN Club (Friends Uniting at Naperville Central), which she ran, will also join Little Friends! We at Little Friends are thrilled to offer the FUN Club as a… Read Full Post

Connecting Adults with Communities 

Little Friends is launching the Connecting Adults with Communities (CAC) Program to address the need for supporting neurodiverse young adults in bridging the gap between educational services and post-secondary integrated employment. The program aims to prepare individuals for competitive employment within underrepresented sectors. It is estimated that within the next decade, 500,000 neurodiverse teenagers with autism will become adults, requiring them to meet social norms and join the workforce. To improve their employability skills and… Read Full Post

Little Friends Mike Briggs Named as 2024 Chicago Titan 100

Titan CEO and headline sponsor Wipfli LLP are pleased to announce Mike Briggs, Little Friends Inc. President, and CEO, as a 2024 Chicago Titan 100. The Titan 100 program recognizes Chicago’s Top 100 CEO’s & C-level executives. They are the area’s most accomplished business leaders in their industry using criteria that includes demonstrating exceptional leadership, vision, and passion. Collectively the 2024 Chicago Titan 100 and their companies employ upwards of 325,000 individuals and generate over… Read Full Post

Welcome New Board Members Raj Patel and Adam Van Someren

Little Friends Board of Directors is made up of community members giving of their time to help Little Friends fulfill our organization’s vision: Our Board welcomes Raj Patel, President and Founder of The Hari Group, a franchise and real estate development company, based in Naperville. Currently, Raj serves on the Board of Trustees for North Central College, and on the board of the Naperville Heritage Society. He was also recognized by the Franchise Times, naming him… Read Full Post


Spring Family Respite Session

Our FREE Family Respite Services spring session will be held Wednesday and Thursday evenings, beginning April 10, at our facility on Diehl Rd. in Warrenville. This program offers caregivers time for rest and relief from challenges associated with raising a child with special needs. It is held over multi-week sessions for children aged 3-17 with special needs and their siblings. Find out more and register today! 

Family Support Network April Event

We invite all caregivers to our upcoming Family Support Network event on April 12 from 6-8 pm at our Warrenville campus. The evening’s program will allow families to connect with others caring for individuals of the same age to share resources and experiences and learn more about others’ journeys and how we can all support each other! On-site care will be available to enable families to attend the event RSVP here.

Inklude Artists Gallery at Glen Ellyn Library

Bi-monthly, the Glen Ellyn Library features a different artist or group of artists on their Gallery Wall. Through February, artists from Little Friends Inklude Studios have their art on display! Stop by the library’s 2nd floor to see their beautiful work. Some of the artwork on display is also for sale. Contact Nikki Bozzano for more information about purchasing art or particpaiting in our program!

Little Friends 2024 Annual Benefit Auction

The 47th Annual Little Friends Benefit Auction is an exciting evening of friendship, advocacy, and support to ensure those Little Friends serve, lead fulfilling lives in our community. The event will include a cocktail reception, raffle, and silent auction; followed by dinner, program, live auction and entertainment. Proceeds from this annual event benefit Little Friends, a private, non-profit organization, and our programs that provide the people we serve and their families with vocational training, speech therapy,… Read Full Post

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I love my school

“I love my school because I have great teachers and friends.”

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I like to socialize and laugh

“I like to socialize and laugh with my friends every day.”

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Little Friends staff are remarkable people

“As parents, we feel truly thankful and blessed for the opportunities that Little Friends has provided and offered.  Little Friends staff are remarkable people who are dedicated to what they do and those they serve.”

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Good times with friends and people who care

“For my son, this has not been just a school but the place where he spends good times with friends and people who care about him.”

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How grateful we are

“How grateful we are to all the angels who work with our son at Little Friends. This is his home.”

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Krejci means so much to Us

“Krejci means so much to us because it’s been the one place that has truly helped my child excel and grow; the place that he is not judged or made to feel different but accepted. I am so appreciative of the patience, care, and hard work from all the Krejci staff.”

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Positive Impact on our Family

“Respite has had such a positive impact on our family. We love that our kids can socialize with other families that share our similarities. It gives me comfort knowing he is in good hands”