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!
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.
Rochelle Parent Group – (815) 501-2088
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.
Northern Illinois University – https://www.niu.edu/
Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a public research university in DeKalb, Illinois. In addition to the main campus in DeKalb, it has satellite centers in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, and Oregon. The university is composed of seven degree-granting colleges and has a student body of 25,000 with over 240,000 alumni. Many of NIU’s programs are nationally accredited for meeting high standards of academic quality, including business, engineering, nursing, visual and performing arts, and all teacher certification programs. NIU is one of only three public universities in Illinois that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the highest levels of all sports, Division I. The university’s athletic teams are known as the Huskies and compete in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
DeKalb Community Foundation – (815) 748-5383; https://dekalbccf.org/
Dekalb Community Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in DeKalb County, IL by proactively addressing community needs and expanding, managing, and distributing philanthropic resources. Their roles and services are shown through the following: Endowments & Donor Services, Stewardship, Grantmaking, and Community Initiatives. The DeKalb County Community Foundation helps to identify community needs and partners with others through our grantmaking and community leadership resources to bring about positive change and solve problems.
DeKalb Community School District – https://www.dist428.org/
DeKalb School District’a mission is preparing students to reach their full potential as lifelong learners. Their ultimate goal is that, at each graduation ceremony, every student crossing the stage will have a well-designed plan for the future that includes the necessary academic and life skills to be positive contributors to their community.
Sycamore Community School District – https://www.syc427.org/
Sycamore School District encompasses 80+ square miles. Their vision is to provide an ideal learning experience where students and staff are engaged and want to come back the next day. They strive on being student-centered, and actions will be centered around the young people that we serve as we do everything within our power to maximize the educational opportunities available to each student.
Genoa Kingston Community School District – https://www.gkschools.org/
Genoa Kingston School District serves the families of Genoa, IL and Kingston, IL across 72 square miles within Northern DeKalb County. Nearly 1,700 kindergarten through twelfth graders attend the 4 District schools and their programs. Their mission is to prepare students to excel & contribute to their community.
Rochelle Community Consolidated School District – https://www.d231.rochelle.net/
Rochelle School District is a public school district located in Rochelle, IL. It has 1,607 students in grades PK, K-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. Their mission is to grow students for future success.
Sandwich Community School District – https://www.sandwich430.org/
Sandwich School District encompasses 50+ square miles and is located in northern Illinois about 30 miles southeast of DeKalb and about 60 miles west of Chicago. The Sandwich community has a population of approximately 7,000. Their mission is to provide opportunities for our youth to develop educationally, emotionally, physically and socially to the fullest of their ability
Indian Creek Community School District – https://www.indiancreekschools.org/
Indian Creek School District is a relatively large rural district encompassing portions of three counties. The largest part of the district lies in DeKalb County with a significant portion being in Lee County and a very small part being in LaSalle County. The community is agriculturally oriented with the farmland being some of the best in the world. The district has three villages, Lee, Shabbona, and Waterman and two smaller organized areas of Rollo and Scarboro. The district is noted for having excellent educational programs and strives to maintain high standards.
Camelot Education (NWCA) – (815) 787-4144; https://cameloteducation.org/ (NWCA)
Camelot Education (NWCA) provides academic and therapeutic services for children, adolescents and young adults, ages 3 through 21 with extraordinary needs including Autism, Multiple Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, and Other Health Impairments
More community resources can be found at (888) 865-9903 or dial 211; www.findhelp211.org.
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