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 16 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 rcantu@lilfriends.com

  • 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
630.852.7520


 

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 gkowal@lilfriends.com

 

 
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For more information, contact Director of Program Services, Bob Hicks at bhicks@lilfriends.com

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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, ages 16 and older, 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. Clients 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 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 sayhello@inklude.org or 630-929-2711

Website: http://inklude.org/about

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ColorbuRst

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, Maura Feind at mfeind@cburst.com or 630-929-2725.

 Website: http://cburst.com/index.html