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 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

  • 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

  • Storage options

  • Light manufacturing

  • Kitting and labeling

  • Sorting and assembling

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

See and hear from a supported employment client on the job!

For more information, contact our Supported Employment Program Manager, Gale Kowal at


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For more information, contact Director of Program Services, Nicole Fox at

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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.




Inklude Studio

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 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 630-929-2725.