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.
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subcontract Services

The Work Services program of Little Friends provides vocational opportunities to individuals who are 25 years old or older 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 our clients. For more information on what our subcontract services can do for you, contact our Accounts Manager, Rory Cantu at

To qualify, individuals must be:

  • 25 years of age or older
  • Be legally able to work in the United States
  • Be eligible for third party funding or be able to accept responsibility for program fees
  • Diagnosed with a developmental disability

Spectrum Vocational Services

2302 Wisconsin Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515


Supported Employment

Our Supported Employment Program helps individuals with disabilities find and maintain jobs in the community.

Services include:

  • Career counseling
  • Job search and Application assistance
  • Job interview preparation
  • Job coaching
  • Vocational Advocacy and counseling
  • Transportation training

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


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For more information, contact Director of Program Services, Bob Hicks at

community day services

Spectrum Vocational Service’s activities and training services track focuses on combining daily living skills instruction with vocational training and recreation. Spectrum Vocational Services is a Department of Human Services (DHS) waiver funded program, however, clients without the DHS waiver have the option to private pay. For more information, contact 630-852-7520.

To qualify, individuals must be:

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Have a diagnosed disability that significantly interferes with their ability to be gainfully employed in the community.
  • Independent enough that one-to- one staff assistance is not required.
  • Complete all requirements of Spectrum Vocational Services’ intake process.

Services include:

  • Community outings such as movies, bowling, picnics at the park, art in the park, field trips to local attractions
  • Learning groups such as Healthy Eating and News to You
  • Life Skills Training such as laundry, recycling, and proper hygiene skills

In house activities include pet therapy, fitness groups, book groups, arts and crafts and more.



Inklude Studio

Art is an important outlet for many of our clients. 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 or 630-929-2711


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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 Sales Consultant, Maureen Reichelt at or 630-929-2725.