Adventure Works – (815) 517-0825; www.adventureworksdekalb.org
Our mission is to assist youth in overcoming challenges and becoming healthy adults through adventure-based counseling. We serve youth and their families through individual, family, and group counseling, as well as educational services. A proven alternative to traditional counseling, we take counseling and learning outside to add adventure and fun into the process. Our adventure-based initiatives create opportunities to develop problem-solving skills, self-regulation, and feelings of accomplishment, ultimately promoting positive behavior changes and healthy youth!
The Gracie Center – (815) 884-0842; www.thegraciecenter.org
The Gracie Center offers life skills programs to assist individuals once they have exited public school programs. Currently offering two program during the week. Wednesday is geared toward a functional skills program where participants work on community explorations, cooking, and socialization. Friday is all about vocational training. Participants also have opportunities to work in the PopUp Shop, a mobile vocational training concession stand.
HorsePower Therapeutic Riding – (815) 508-0804; www.horsepowertr.com
Providing creative, inspiring, and challenging therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities regardless of their ability to pay. Therapeutic horseback riding is a dynamic recreational activity in which individuals with special needs are able to overcome challenges and learn new skills. Communication, connection, and teamwork between the student and their hose offers opportunities for physical, emotional, cognitive, sensory and social growth.
Iddy Biddy Pool School – (815) 991-9162; www.iddybiddypoolschool.com
A learn-to-swim school that teaches swim techniques and water safety to infants through adults. We offer the most effective method and well managed programs taught by certified teachers. Our progression method was developed by national swim organizations as well as infant and special needs specialists. These specifically designed programs ensure sustained learning in a safe, friendly, and fun environment. Iddy Biddy Pool School also runs a Special Olympics swim team.
Penguin Project – (815) 893-9447; www.cctonstage.com
Children’s Community Theatre’s Penguin Project provides children and young adults (ages 10-22) who have physical and intellectual disabilities (Artists) the opportunity to experience the joy of participating in musical theatre. Penguin Projects casts the Artists in every role of a Broadway-style musical, paired with a Mentor (a peer without a disability) to work alongside through the process.
Free Support Group for parents of children with any type of disability. Meeting the second Monday of the month during the school year from 6:30-8:00, at Changes Counseling, LLC, 700 Carrie Ave., Rochelle. Offering support, encouragement and education. Meetings vary from fun activities, such as our annual cookie exchange, to informative guest speakers to local professionals. Free childcare is offered with advance notice how many children will be attending. Call or find us on Facebook at Rochelle Parent Group for the latest information.
Walnut Grove Farm – http://dekalbgardens.org/walnutgrove
Walnut Grove Vocational Farm is a program of DeKalb County Community Gardens that provides agricultural and horticultural-based training for people with disabilities in an integrated, supportive setting. We serve groups of students with special needs from local high schools and have individualized programs for individuals 18 and older. Participants receive training on sowing seeds, planting, pruning, and harvesting vegetables. WGVF is located at 33600 Pearl Street Kirkland, IL 60146. To learn more about this program, visit our website.
More community resources can be found at (888) 865-9903 or dial 211; www.findhelp211.org.
211 provides free, confidential, streamlined access to health and human services in an effort to build a stronger community. 211 is available 24/7 and is staffed with trained volunteers and staff who will listen to your situation and refer you to the most appropriate source of assistance. **This is a new service is now fully functional as of June 14, 2017.
And a huge thank you to our collaborating partners and sponsors – great organizations that assist us in serving our community!