As our Adult Day Program gears up to move from its location of 37 years in Downers Grove to our site in Warrenville, plans are being implemented to reimagine the services Little Friends provides to the over 100 adults we serve. From this new location, along with enhanced vocational training, job opportunities, and supported employment services, technology training will be a new added component.
Our Adult Day Services program has transitioned over its long history of serving adults with developmental disabilities from a sheltered workshop model into a much more community-based one, where individuals have opportunities to earn their own income through sub-contract work, spend time together socially, and secure employment outside of Little Friends through the assistance of job training.
With this upcoming move, services will transition yet again to reflect the modern-day needs of those we serve. Through generous foundation grant funding, new technology training, computers, and interactive equipment will be added to our programming, providing individuals access to resources that allow independence and growth.
This program addition introduces the adults we serve to achieve a new level of independence and connectivity. Many will learn how to set up an email account, learn different software platforms, send invitations for social gatherings, and even apply online for jobs – all of which are increasingly important skills to have. Familiarity with technology and media feeds into greater success in supported employment, greater independence, and greater overall satisfaction.