Adult Day Services
Little Friends’ Adult Day Services Program, housed at Spectrum Vocational Services in Downers Grove, has provided individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to achieve career and personal goals for nearly 50 years.
The Work Services program of Little Friends provides vocational opportunities to people with developmental disabilities. Individuals learn appropriate work habits, attitudes, behaviors and valuable life skills while working on subcontracted jobs and contributing to their community. Our program works closely with local businesses to support their operations while providing work opportunities to the people we serve. For more information on what our subcontract services can do for you, contact our Accounts Manager, Chris Iacovelli at firstname.lastname@example.org
Customized piece-part work in small to large quantities
Serving businesses throughout DuPage, Cook, Kane and Will Counties
Over 170 individuals ready to complete jobs
Full shipping and receiving capabilities
Kitting and labeling
Sorting and assembling
Spectrum Vocational Services
2302 Wisconsin Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Our Supported Employment Program helps individuals with disabilities find and maintain jobs in the community.
Job search and Application assistance
Job interview preparation
Vocational Advocacy and counseling
To qualify, individuals must be:
Last year of schooling (transition year) or older
Diagnosed with developmental disability
Legally able to work in the U.S.
Behave in a manner that does not endanger oneself or others
Independent enough that one-on-one staff assistance is not required
DRS referral, other third party funding or private pay
For more information, contact our Supported Employment Program Manager, Gale Kowal at email@example.com
community day services
Spectrum's Community Day Services Program allows individuals to choose from two tracks of services. In some cases, a combination of both tracks can be implemented into an individual's weekly routine to best meet his or her needs.
To qualify, individuals must be:
Be at least 16 years of age
Have a diagnosed disability that significantly interferes with their ability to be gainfully employed in the community
Possess a state issued identity card and a valid social security card
Be legally able to work in the United States
Behave in a manner that does not endanger the safety of others or disrupt the program
Be independent enough that one-to-one staff assistance is not required
Be eligible for third-party funding or be able to accept responsibility for program fees
Spectrum's Work Services Track is a vocational program for men and women with developmental disabilities. Individuals work on subcontract jobs, such as light assembly or packaging, and are paid for the work that they do. In addition to specific job skills, each person develops an understanding of appropriate work habits, attitudes, behaviors and social skills required by community employers.
Spectrum's Activities and Training Track focuses on combining daily living skills instruction with vocational training and recreation to create an active day program for men and women with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. The people we serve enjoy community outings, learning groups and lifeskills training. They also participate in book clubs, pet therapy, fitness groups and several other recreational activities.
Art is an important outlet for many of the people we serve. It is how they express themselves to our community in a way words never could. Inklude Studio is a non-profit, community-based, art and design studio for adult artists with autism and other development disabilities. Artists who participate are given the opportunity to earn income from the sale(s) of their creative works. The studio provides an engaging environment meeting the needs and interests of each artist.
For more information, to discuss enrollment, or to schedule a tour, contact Inklude Studio Manager, Nikki Bozzano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-929-2711
ColorBurst Screen Printing specializes in custom printed t-shirts and apparel. Committed to quality, service and on-time delivery, ColorBurst helps fund programs and services provided by Little Friends. For estimates or more information, contact 630-929-2725.