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Prior Grant Recipients

Year

Agency

 Grant   Grant Purpose
1992   Little Friends, Inc.   $ 34,622.00   Renovate quiet rooms and large room at the Krejci Academy Therapeutic Center for use with play therapy and intrusion therapy.
1992   Education And Research Foundation Of Michael Reese Medical Staff   $ 50,000.00   A clinical research project to develop a non-invasive screening method for use in the nursery, before discharge.
1992   Misericordia   $ 50,000.00   Oral Motor Therapy Feeding Program, a new feeding and therapy technique that will make eating an easier and more pleasurable task.
1992   Keshet   $ 50,000.00   To open a classroom at the Rosenwald Day School, allowing expansion of its day school program to accommodate more children.
1992   Glenkirk   $ 11,360.30   Expand the job training activities offered to the students at Glenkirk School. The vocational programs are designed to teach skills leading to meaningful and rewarding jobs within the community as adults.
1993   Anixter Center   $ 25,000.00   Purchase equipment and software for the Center's Facilitated Communication Institute, enabling children who are nonverbal or not functionally verbal to communicate.
1993   Easter Seal Day School   $ 25,000.00   Project SMART (Sensory Modulation Assessment Research Treatment) which develops measures that appropriately define the multiple needs of children with autism.
1993   Espiranza Community Service   $ 16,100.00   Provide a pediatric nurse, medical care and support services not otherwise available to the Early Intervention Program.
1993   Glenkirk   $ 14,500.00   Renovate its bathroom facilities and add adaptive equipment.
1993   Hope D. Wall PTA   $ 50,000.00   Partial funding of the construction of an accessible playscape enabling students and other members of the community with physical and/or mental disabilities to participate in ordinary playground activities with special equipment adapted to their needs.
1993   Keshet   $ 24,000.00   Continued expanded operations at Rosenwald Day School to permit a larger student population and classroom facilities.
1993   Ray Graham Association   $ 8,400.00   To purchase computer hardware, software and adaptive devices to be used to enhance learning opportunities.
1993   Education And Research Foundation Of Michael Reese Medical Staff   $ 25,000.00   Continued funding for a clinical research project designed to develop a non-invasive screening method which will predict early developmental delays in premature infants.
1994   Center For Enriched Living   $ 20,000.00   Independent Living and Community Support Program for Teens with developmental disabilities. This program enables students to establish vital support systems through a variety of activities.
1994   Chicago Association For Retarded Citizens   $ 15,250.00   Early Intervention Parent Liaison Program which integrates families into the Early Intervention Program and with many types of service providers available for children with special needs.
1994   Chicago Lighthouse For The Blind   $ 10,000.00   Seed money to create and equip a developmental toy and book lending library.
1994   Imagination Theater   $ 13,550.00   A theater-based 12-week Residency Program at the Byron School to enhance self-esteem.
1994   Lekotek   $ 5,000.00   To purchase new traditional and adapted toys for their library. The funds will also help purchase software programs and peripheral equipment for their computer lab.
1994   Ray Graham Association   $ 37,800.00   A new Cultural Arts Program which will create opportunities for children with disabilities to explore and enjoy classes in arts and crafts, music, cooking, dance, horticulture and theater.
1994   Education And Research Foundation Of Michael Reese Medical Staff   $ 35,000.00   Third year funding of a clinical research project designed to develop a non-invasive screening method which will predict early developmental delays in premature infants.
1994   Shore Community Services   $ 26,000.00   To hire an activities therapist, purchase adaptive equipment and make necessary building enhancements to school's educational program to integrate students into the community.
1995   Chicago Association For Retarded Citizens   $ 15,250.00   Continued support of their Early Intervention Parent Liaison Program.
1995   Esperanza Community Services   $ 16,603.00   To begin a new program to provide physical therapy services to developmentally-delayed infants and toddlers.
1995   Imagination Theater   $ 12,508.00   Continued funding of their Residency Program at the Byron School. This program includes classes for two 12-week sessions for students at that school.
1995   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 25,000.00   Fund 0-3 Clinic providing initial developmental evaluation to children by a core team of health professionals.
1995   Oak/Leyden Developmental Services   $ 10,000.00   Partial funding of their Early Intervention Program which is designed to provide individualized, intensive therapy services, group learning activities and family counseling and support to children birth to three years of age with disabilities and their families.
1995   Shore Community Services   $ 27,385.00   Continued funding of part-time activities therapist. In addition they will purchase equipment for the MOVE Program (Mobility Opportunities Via Education).
1995   United Cerebral Palsy   $ 7,600.00   FDDC will fund United Cerebral Palsy's music therapy services for children enrolled in their School Program. Monies will be used to hire a Registered Music Therapist and musical instruments needed for the program.
1995   Western Dupage Special Recreation Association   $ 15,000.00   Partial funding of Integration program to mainstream youth with developmental disabilities into local park district programs, general education classes and the work force.
1996   Children's Place Association   $ 16,640.00   Provide services of an occupational therapist for children from families affected with HIV/AIDS in the residential and respite programs.
1996   Easter Seal-Dupage   $ 10,000.00   Fund a portion of their 'Sponsor A Child Fund' to enable families obtain reduced-fee therapy for their children.
1996   Keshet   $ 10,000.00   Fund staff positions at different camp sites to enable them to accept children on the waiting list.
1996   Lake County Council Against Sexual Abuse   $ 10,000.00   Funds will support a specialized Child Assault Prevention Program to children with disabilities.
1996   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 20,000.00   To allow their 0-3 Clinic to provide initial developmental evaluations to children by a core group of health professionals.
1996   Northwest Suburban Special Education Org.   $ 8,400.00   Funding will provide equipment for their Communication Technology Center.
1996   Orchard Village   $ 15,843.00   To support the expansion of their respite program which provides in home care to children with developmental disabilities and their families.
1996   Ray Graham Association For People With Disabilities   $ 6,924.00   To purchase needed preschool equipment and supplies, retain an art instructor for preschool, and sensitivity training for children without special needs.
1996   Western Dupage Special Recreation Assoc.   $ 15,000.00   To partially fund their Integration Program to mainstream youth with developmental disabilities into local park district programs.
1997   Arrise   $ 23,937.00   Provide start-up funding for a one-year pilot project that combines respite for the caregiver with community based training for the child.<br /><span class="cite">(Grant project not completed; money returned)</span>
1997   Esperanza Community Services   $ 10,000.00   Fund the costs of the new playground equipment at renovated Early Childhood Center.
1997   Helping Hand Rehabilitation   $ 11,100.00   To support its 0-3 Infant Development Program.
1997   North Suburban Special Recreation Association   $ 23,832.00   Support training for seasonal and part-time staff to facilitate inclusion in member park district camp programs. In addition, this funding will support the Inclusion Team, enabling quick response to inclusion problems.
1997   Oak/Leyden Developmental Services   $ 14,500.00   Provide partial support of the hiring Infant Specialist to help the agency decrease it's waiting list.
1997   Orchard Village   $ 16,902.00   To support the expansion of Orchard Village's respite program.
1997   Shore   $ 14,545.00   Support Shore's Early Intervention Program by enabling them to purchase communication and positioning equipment at the Shore School.
1998   The Chicago Lighthouse   $ 10,000.00   FDDC will provide funds to purchase specialized equipment and materials for the implementation of a Recreation and Therapeutic Leisure Program in their Development Center for Blind, Multi-Disabled Children. This program will be specifically tailored to the needs of high-school aged students to insure that the students have age-appropriate activities that meet their developmental needs.
1998   Clearbrook Center   $ 15,000.00   FDDC funding will help the agency to continue its Respite Program for families of young children with developmental disabilities. Families will be given needed personal time, while the child benefits from working closely with a trained volunteer to develop new skills.
1998   Esperanza Community Services   $ 22,000.00   FDDC will support the hiring of a Speech Language Pathologist. This staff position will expand services for children in the Early Intervention Program.
1998   Jewish Council For Youth Services   $ 25,000.00   FDDC's grant will support the expansion of the Red Leaf Family Camps. This program is designed to provide recreational services for families with children with developmental disabilities. The program brings families together and provides individual care for each family.
1998   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 22,500.00   FDDC funding will support the work performed at LaRabida's 0-3 Diagnostic Clinic for children with developmental delays. The Clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations to children with very complex medical problems, offers specific courses of treatment and helps families locate medical, psychiatric and educational resources for their special-needs child.
1998   Little Friends   $ 19,910.00   FDDC funding will support both equipment and renovation needs of the agency. Equipment purchases will include assistive speech devises, sensory equipment and recreational equipment. In addition, classrooms will be renovated to provide additional space for students with autism at the Krejci Academy.
1999   Clearbrook Center   $ 20,000.00   FDDC funding will support the staff position of Program Manager for the agency's TAKE A BREAK Respite Program for families of young children with developmental disabilities. Families will be given needed personal time, while the child benefits from working closely with a trained volunteer in developing new skills.
1999   Helping Hand Rehabilitation Services   $ 29,850.00   FDDC funding will provide training and in home services to teach the application of therapeutic techniques. This work will enable the child's caregiver to be actively involved in the child's treatment.
1999   Illinois Masonic Medical Center   $ 18,560.00   FDDC funding will support the salaries of the Case Management Specialist and a Consultant who will conduct bi-monthly evaluations of treatment and progress in the agency's Applied Behavior Analysis Program for autistic children.
1999   Lekotek   $ 5,000.00   FDDC will fund the agency's 'Learning Through Play' program in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, where children with developmental disabilities learn fundamental skills through play.
1999   Orchard Village   $ 15,000.00   FDDC will provide partial funding for the staff position of Vocational Training Specialist in the Vocational Program. This program provides community based employment for older teens.
1999   PARC   $ 18,400.00   FDDC will provide partial funding for the staff position of Child Development Therapist in the Early Intervention Program. This program promotes cognitive development, overall speech and motor development, play development and social development.
1999   Shore Community Services   $ 18,250.00   FDDC funding will enable the agency to purchase new and updated playground equipment at the SHORE School. Funding will also purchase a mobile device so students can be lifted for purposes of moving, changing and toileting.
2000   Community Support Services   $ 15,000.00   FDDC funding will support the agency's Respite Array Program. This program gives families an array of respite services in a unique way. As parents take a needed break, the children engage in a combination of in home, group and community based activities that enhance their self esteem, independence and cognitive abilities.
2000   Esperanza Community Services   $ 38,000.00   FDDC funds will support the installation of a new playground and playground equipment at Esperanza School. This new playground will have equipment appropriate for multiple age groups and be accessible to all students regardless of their disability.
2000   Giant Steps   $ 13,558.00   Giant Steps is a therapeutic day school that provides crucial education and therapy services specifically designed for children with autism and related neurological developmental disabilities. FDDC funds will purchase specialized equipment for these children's use.
2000   Helping Hand Rehabilitation Services   $ 20,620.00   FDDC funding will support the development of a Preschool Preparatory Program to teach children with developmental disabilities under age 3 the prerequisite skills necessary to function in an early education school program.
2000   Music Institute Of Chicago   $ 11,000.00   FDDC funds will support the agency's Institute for Therapy Through the Arts (ITA) providing financial aid and subsidized fees for art and music therapy for children with developmental disabilities. This program uses cutting edge protocols pioneered by ITA to treat children using creative arts therapies.
2000   Orchard Village   $ 20,000.00   FDDC will provide continued staff funding for the agency's vocational training program. This program provides community-based employment for older teens, helping them to transition into the working world.
2001   Anixter Center   $ 16,000.00   FDDC will fund the purchase of eight hospital beds for the agency's new Pediatric Residential Home. This new home will provide the highest quality of life for medically fragile children.
2001   Clearbrook   $ 20,000.00   FDDC funding will underwrite the position of part-time Assistant Program Coordinator for the Take A Break respite program. This program matches families with trained volunteers who provide a break for the caregiver from the daily care of their special needs child.
2001   Esperanza Community Services   $ 13,400.00   FDDC will provide partial funding for the agency's Early Intervention Program. This program provides families with a support system which enables them to recognize their infants' developmental stages and reinforces learning at home.
2001   Illinois Spina Bifida Association   $ 20,000.00   FDDC will provide partial funding for one session of Camp Ability, a one-to-one counselor/camper program which provides a safe, fun learning environment for children. Along with normal camp activities the children learn self care, communication skills, continence management, health and hygiene.
2001   Lekotek   $ 5,000.00   FDDC funding will support the agency's Compuplay Program, providing technology tools for play and learning. This program helps children with developmental disabilities to create, enjoy, and explore their environments.
2001   Oak Leyden Developmental Services   $ 18,612.00   FDDC will partially fund the salary for an on-site Family Support Coordinator to work with both children and families to meet children's health and educational needs. The Coordinator will ensure that families have access to resources and services necessary to carry out the child's therapy plans.
2001   Pioneer Center   $ 27,000.00   FDDC will fund the purchase of a mini van to enable the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator and other therapists to provide in-home support and services. The van will also be used to bring families without access to transportation to the agency for needed therapy.
2002   Community Support Services   $ 20,000.00   FDDC funding will support the agency's Respite Array Program. This program offers parents respite choices that fit their individual needs while giving the child opportunities for skill building, socialization, recreation, and stimulation.
2002   Giant Steps   $ 25,000.00   FDDC will provide funding for the agency's Stepping Stones program. Stepping Stones is a family-based therapeutic and educational program for children with autism spectrum disorders. This grant will enable Giant Steps to maintain and expand this program.
2002   Jewish Council For Youth Services   $ 25,000.00   FDDC will fund the agency's Residential Respite Program. This program provides parents of children with special needs crucial time for rest and renewal while providing recreational activities and skill building for the children.
2002   Keshet   $ 23,000.00   FDDC will provide funding for the agency's Teen Camp. Teen Camp combines educational and recreational programming in a true camp experience for special needs children.
2002   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 20,000.00   FDDC funding will support the agency's Zero-to-Three Diagnostic Clinic. The Clinic evaluates children who have or are suspected of having developmental delays. This early intervention provides the plan for effective treatment options starting at a very young age.
2002   Special Gifts Theatre   $ 12,000.00   FDDC funding will support the agency's Mentoring Project. This project is an opportunity for children with special needs to work alongside 'able-peer' mentors and develop self confidence and social skills while experiencing the joy and enrichment of theater arts.
2003   Center For Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 20,000.00   FDDC funding will support the agency's Conductive Education Program. This program increases motor function and independence in order to develop self esteem and self-direction in children. The goal is to promote inclusion at the children's regular home schools.
2003   Easter Seals Dupage   $ 13,000.00   FDDC funding will support SuitABILITY therapy. This therapy assists children with cerebral palsy to work specific muscle groups and to learn to make purposeful, deliberate movements and appropriate body alignments.
2003   Esperanza Community Services   $ 24,300.00   FDDC funds will support the Interpreter staff position in the agency's Early Intervention Program. This professional will function as an interpreter between the parent and other Early Intervention staff to explain, in the parent's native language, the necessary information regarding the child's therapy and at home needs.
2003   Giant Steps   $ 20,000.00   FDDC will provide funding for the agency's Stepping Stones program. Stepping Stones is a family-based therapeutic and educational program for children with autism spectrum disorders. This grant will enable Giant Steps to maintain and expand this program.
2003   Little Friends   $ 14,250.00   FDDC monies will help renovate existing space into classrooms. In the new classrooms, high school students who fall in the lower functioning autism category will be taught a life skills curriculum.
2003   PACCT Foundation   $ 23,450.00   FDDC funding will enhance the agency's technology with the purchase of educational equipment and materials. These will be used to improve the receptive and expressive language skills of autistic children.
2004   Aspire   $ 20,000.00   FDDC monies will support the position of Community Outreach Coordinator. The Coordinator will provide opportunities for parents to learn more about child development and disabilities, and to interact with other parents of special needs children. In addition families will have developmental screenings made available to their children.
2004   Center For Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 20,000.00   FDDC funding will support the agency's Conductive Education Program. This program strives to increase motor function and independence in children in order to develop self esteem and self-direction. The goal is to promote inclusion at the children's neighborhood schools.
2004   Community Support Services   $ 20,000.00   FDDC funding will support the agency's Respite Array Program for Hispanic children. This program offers parents respite choices to fit their individual needs while giving each child opportunities for skill building, socialization, recreation, and stimulation.
2004   Jewish Council For Youth Services   $ 15,000.00   FDDC will fund the agency's Residential Respite Program. This program provides parents of children with special needs crucial time for rest and renewal while providing recreational activities and skill building for the children.
2004   Oak Leyden Developmental Services   $ 20,000.00   FDDC funding will support the agency's Early Intervention Program. The program's mission is to offer family-based services including evaluation, consultation and direct developmental, occupational, physical and speech therapies.
2004   PACCT Foundation   $ 13,400.00   FDDC monies will purchase Dynavox communication devices for PACCT School. This technology will help autistic children to learn and function in the everyday world.
2004   Parents Alliance Employment Project   $ 7,030.20   FDDC monies will underwrite the part-time position of Employment Specialist. This specialist promotes job readiness for older children with developmental disabilities by conducting workshops to develop skills required for successful employment in the community.
2005   Aspire   $ 20,000.00   FDDC monies will support the position of Community Outreach Coordinator. The Coordinator will provide opportunities for parents to learn more about child development and disabilities, and to interact with other parents of special needs children. In addition, families will have developmental screenings made available to their children.
2005   Association For Individual Development   $ 21,576.00   FDDC funding will purchase the equipment needed to start an Audiology program within the agency's Pediatric Therapy Program. The Audiology program is an essential resource for parents of children 0-3. This program will accurately identify and treat children with hearing deficits to improve future functioning.
2005   Belle Center Of Chicago   $ 10,000.00   FDDC funding will support the agency's Community Outreach Program. This program provides a bridge between the children with developmental disabilities, their families, school and community programs.
2005   Cowboy Dreams   $ 8,000.00   FDDC funding will provide scholarships to children with special needs so that they may participate in the Hippotherapy Program. Hippotherapy complements physical, occupational and speech-language therapies and promotes satisfaction, confidence and self-esteem.
2005   Esperanza Community Services   $ 20,000.00   FDDC funding will support the position of Director of Speech Therapy in the agency's Early Intervention Program. Early diagnosis and speech therapy can enable infants and toddlers to reach their highest potential in preparation for entering school.
2005   Jewish Council For Youth Services   $ 15,000.00   FDDC will fund the agency's Residential Respite Program. This program provides parents of children with special needs crucial time for rest and renewal while providing recreational activities and skill building for the children.
2005   New Horizon Center   $ 9,750.00   FDDC funding will purchase computers, printers and software for the agency's Technology Project. This equipment will provide every student access to computer training and adaptive technology.
2005   Parents Alliance Employment Project   $ 13,150.00   FDDC monies will underwrite the part-time position of Employment Specialist. This specialist provides job readiness and skills training workshops to students with developmental disabilities. The service promotes social skills and economic self-sufficiency for young adults.
2006   Best Buddies Of Illinois   $ 20,724.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's High School program. This program creates enriching mentoring opportunities for children with and without developmental disabilities through peer based one-to-one friendships.
2006   CARC   $ 17,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's Respite Relief Program. This program affords short-term assistance to families with special needs children through in-home intervention, offering a break in routine care giving tasks for the family.
2006   Center For Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 20,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's Conductive Education Program. This program increases motor function and independence in order to develop self esteem and self-direction.
2006   Esperanza Community Services   $ 20,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the position of Director of Speech Therapy in the agency's Early Intervention Program. Early diagnosis and speech therapy can enable infants and toddlers to reach their highest potential in preparation for entering school.
2006   Music Institute Of Chicago   $ 20,000.00   Special Kids funding will support a comprehensive arts therapy program for children with special needs at the Norwood Park School. Trained therapists will provide innovative music, drama and art and dance/movement therapies.
2006   New Horizon Center   $ 20,000.00   Special Kids will purchase the equipment for a new Multi Sensory Room. This room will provide children with developmental disabilities with an environment that links sensory processing abilities with functional skills.
2006   Shore Community Services   $ 4,000.00   Special Kids will purchase equipment and materials for the agency's Sensory Integration Developmental Playgroup. The playgroup provides children and their parents the opportunity to meet and make new friends.
2007   Ada S. McKinley Community Services   $ 20,000.00   Special Kids funding will purchase assistive technology hardware and software to help individual learning that provides immediate feedback and reinforcement for children with special needs.
2007   Best Buddies of Illinois   $ 25,892.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's High School program. This program creates enriching mentoring opportunities for children with and without developmental disabilities through peer based one-to-one friendships.
2007   Belle Center of Chicago   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's Community Outreach Program. This program provides a bridge between the children with developmental disabilities, their families, school and community programs.
2007   Have Dreams   $ 25,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's staff and classroom activities. The classes are designed to provide individualized skill-building opportunities for children with autism so they may learn critical life and educational skills.
2007   Keshet   $ 6,950.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's Speech and Language Pathologists' Augmentative and Alternative Communication project with the purchase of communication technology.
2007   National Association for Down Syndrome   $ 17,400.00   Special Kids will support the agency's annual retreat for parents and children. The retreat allows children to participate in activities they enjoy in a setting where they can be safe and accepted. Parents are provided resources and support.
2007   PACCT   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids will support the expansion of PACTT Learning Center's innovative Vocational Services Program which connects teens with autism to jobs and a future.
2007   Parents Alliance Employment Project   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's job readiness workshop program that connects with youth with developmental disabilities in local high schools and prepares them for the world of work.
2007   Shore Community Services   $ 4,000.00   Special Kids will fund the creation of distinct playgroups for birth to three-year-old children with developmental delays who are of Spanish and Polish descent. These playgroups provide families an opportunity to meet other families with similar needs as theirs.
2008   Center for Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 10,000.00   Special Kids funding will enable the agency to purchase conductive education furniture for its three year round programs and summer camp. This program strives to increase motor function and independence in children in order to develop self esteem and self-direction. The goal is to promote inclusion at the children's neighborhood schools.
2008   Community Support Services   $ 25,000.00   Special Kids will support salaries at the agency's Latino Family Support program. This program offers respite for the families while providing opportunities for the child to participate in activities that enhance self esteem and well being.
2008   Esperanza Community Services   $ 25,000.00   Special Kids will support the salary of the Training Counselor. Vocational training is an integral part of the curriculum at Esperanza School.
2008   Have Dreams   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's staff and classroom activities. The classes are designed to provide individualized skill-building opportunities for children with autism so they may learn critical life and educational skills.
2008   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 27,849.00   Special Kids will fund the Infant Development Specialist and Dietitian positions in the agency's Premier Kids Program. This program uses an interdisciplinary team that provides children with developmental disabilities and their families with comprehensive healthcare, resources and education.
2008   PACCT Foundation   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids will support the expansion of PACTT Learning Center's innovative Vocational Services Program which connects teens with autism to jobs and a future.
2008   Parents Alliance Employment Project   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the salary of the Employment Specialist in the agency's job readiness workshop program. This program connects with youth with developmental disabilities in local high schools and prepares them for the world of work.
2009   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 28,140.00   Special Kids will fund the Infant Development Specialist and Dietitian positions in the agency's Premier Kids Program. This program uses an interdisciplinary team that provides children with developmental disabilities and their families with comprehensive healthcare, resources and education.
2009   Miracle League of Joliet   $ 5,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's mission to help children with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to participate in baseball and to benefit from participation in sports.
2009   Esperanza Community Services   $ 37,530.00   Special Kids will support the salary of the Vocational Training Counselor. Esperanza School's vision is for all students to reach their fullest potential with minimal barriers to learning, growth and community integration. Vocational training enhances integration and fosters inclusion in the child's daily life.
2009   Ada S. McKinley Community Services   $ 9,132.00   Special Kids funding will enable the agency to purchase software that will increase basic life skills for severely disabled children. These skills are needed for them to live a semi-independent life, including basic processing and communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
2009   Best Buddies of Illinois   $ 14,920.00   Special Kids funding will fund the staff required for the agency's High School program. This program creates enriching mentor opportunities for children with and without developmental disabilities through peer based one-to-one friendships.
2009   Center for Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 17,650.00   Special Kids funding will support scholarships that enable children to participate in the agency's conductive education program. This program strives to increase motor function and independence. The goal is to promote inclusion at the children's neighborhood schools.
2009   Jewish Council for Youth Services   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids funding will support scholarships to enable special needs children to attend Camp Red Leaf's year-round camping and respite programs. Children will be able to enjoy enriching experiences in a safe, nurturing environment.
2009   Keshet   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids funds will support the salary of the Inclusion Coordinator in the agency's Peer Buddy Mentor Program. This program fosters educational/social inclusion for children with developmental disabilities and integration with their typically developing peers.
2010   Ada S. McKinley Community Services   $ 17,494.00   Special Kids funding will enable the agency to purchase hardware and software that will increase basic life skills for severely disabled children. These skills are needed for them to live a semi-independent life, including basic processing and communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
2010   Advocate Health Care   $ 25,000.00   Special Kids will support the PUENTES autism treatment program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The PUENTES program provides intensive home-based therapy to children at a young age when intervention produces the best outcomes.
2010   Great Potentials   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids will fund the salaries of two part-time managers at the agency's Perk Center Cafe. This community based program provides job training and employment for young adults with developmental disabilities in a food service setting.
2010   Our Place of New Trier Township   $ 32,819.00   Special Kids will support the hiring of two program specialists. Our Place provides a community based center where teens and young adults with special needs can participate in structured and casual programs with their peers. These programs alleviate social isolation, improve social skills and reduce inappropriate social behaviors.
2010   PACCT   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids will support the expansion of PACTT Learning Center's innovative Vocational Services Program which connects teens with autism to jobs and a future.
2010   Parents Alliance Employment Project   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the salary of the Employment Specialist in the agency's job readiness workshop program. This program connects with youth with developmental disabilities in local high schools and prepares them for the world of work.
2010   Special Gifts Theatre   $ 18,100.00   Special Kids will support the teachers' salaries for one classroom in the agency's 2010-11 Musical Theater program. The program provides children and teens with special needs a customized creative drama experience. Each child is paired with a typically developing peer of a similar age.
2011   Belle Center of Chicago   $ 15,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the position of Program Director of the agency's Inclusion Project. This project is a unique combination of educational, therapeutic and family support services to help children with developmental disabilities to succeed in school and participate in the community.
2011   Best Buddies Illinois   $ 14,920.00   Special Kids funding will fund the staff required for four Best Buddies chapters in Chicago and Lake County. This program creates enriching mentor opportunities for children with and without developmental disabilities through peer based one-to-one friendships.
2011   Center for Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 20,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the salary of a full time physical therapist as part of their CE motor training program. The goal for each child is increased functional independence and improved inclusion in the child's regular home school.
2011   Have Dreams   $ 35,759.00   Special Kids funding will support the salaries of staff who will implement five new classes in their Social, Communication and Independent Living Skills Program in Evanston. These classes will strengthen skill areas typically impacted by autism, including socialization, independence and communication.
2011   Our Place of New Trier Township   $ 22,907.00   Special Kids will support the hiring of part-time program coordinators. Our Place provides a community based center where teens and young adults with special needs can participate in structured and casual programs with their peers. These programs alleviate social isolation, improve social skills and reduce inappropriate social behaviors.
2011   Parents Alliance Employment Project   $ 10,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the salary of the Employment Specialist/job coach at the agency's "Perks and Possibilities" cafe. This project prepares youth with developmental disabilities with real life work skills for when they graduate from high school.
2011   The Chicago Lighthouse   $ 25,460.00   Special Kids funding will support the position of Teacher/therapist in the agency's Birth-To-Three Family Intervention Program. This program provides in home early intervention services, case management, family skills training and support.
2012   Adult Down Syndrome Center of Advocate Medical Group   $ 25,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's Life Situation Role Play Program. This program helps children with Down syndrome to develop the skills needed to safely navigate the challenges of school, work and community participation.
2012   Center for Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 20,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the salary of an occupational therapist as part of their CE motor training program. The goal for each child is increased lifetime self-sufficiency and independent living.
2012   Envision   $ 8,500.00   Special Kids funding will support extended respite care in the agency's foster care program. This respite will provide the families with a break from routine care-giving while providing the child with experiences outside the home that promote community integration.
2012   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 10,076.00   Special Kids will fund the Infant Development Specialist position in the agency's Premier Kids Program. This program uses an interdisciplinary team that provides children with developmental disabilities and their families with comprehensive healthcare, resources and education.
2012   Shore Community Services   $ 25,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the salary of an occupational therapist in the agency's Early Intervention Program. This person will conduct individual therapy sessions and co-facilitate a Sensory Integration Playgroup.
2012   The Kids Equipment Network   $ 12,500.00   Special Kids will fund the purchase of adaptive strollers for the agency's Community Wheelers. These strollers will be distributed to children with developmental disabilities.
2012   The Lexi Kazian Foundation   $ 10,000.00   Special Kids will fund the purchase of needed equipment for Lexi's Equipment Closet. This equipment will be provided to families with children with developmental disabilities.
2012   The Chicago Lighthouse   $ 22,595.00   Special Kids funding will support the position of Teacher/Therapist in the agency's Birth-To-Three Family Intervention Program. This program provides in home early intervention services, case management, family skills training and support.
2013   Blue Cap   $ 7,500.00   Special Kids funding will purchase adaptive Rifton chairs to be used in their school program and students' homes. These chairs will help children sit, stand and walk independently.
2013   Elim Christian Services   $ 25,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the agency's Autism Comprehensive Education Program. This is a highly structured educational program that serves children on the autism spectrum with increased sensory, motor and communication needs who cannot be served in the regular education program.
2013   Envision   $ 17,500.00   Special Kids funding will support extended respite care in the agency's foster care program. This respite will provide the families with a break from routine caregiving while providing the child with experiences outside the home that promote community integration.
2013   Equestrian Connection   $ 10,500.00   Special Kids will fund the Nurse position at the agency's therapeutic camps. With the addition of a nurse to the camp staff the agency will be able to include children with medical needs and allow them to participate in all camp activities safely.
2013   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 13,076.00   Special Kids will fund the Infant Development Specialist position in the agency's Premier Kids Program. This program uses an interdisciplinary team that provides children with developmental disabilities and their families with comprehensive healthcare, resources and education.
2013   Our Place of New Trier Township   $ 24,790.00   Special Kids funding will support the delivery of a skills development program for more challenged teens who need individualized support. This project will increase their opportunities for inclusion and success in social situations.
2013   Parents Alliance Employment Project   $ 8,000.00   Special Kids funding will support the salary of the Employment Specialist/job coach at the agency's "Perks and Possibilities" cafe. This project prepares youth with developmental disabilities with real life work skills for when they graduate from high school.
2013   The Kids Equipment Network   $ 25,000.00   Special Kids will fund the purchase of adaptive strollers for the agency's Community Wheelers. These strollers will be distributed to children with developmental disabilities.
2014   Center for Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 20,000.00   Support salaries of physical and occupational therapists in Intensive Motor Training Program to teach children with physical disabilities functional skills that lead to independence like walking, sitting, eating and dressing independently.
2014   Orchard Village   $ 10,000.00   Support Orchard Academy where participants develop life skills leading to productive and fulfilling employment, college-level educational opportunities, independent living and full community participation.
2014   Our Place of New Trier Township   $ 20,000.00   Support the agency's Vocational Discovery and Skills Development Program. This program will provide vocational discovery and skills development, worksite training at community agencies, opportunities for paid employment in Our Place businesses, and placement in paid jobs in local businesses.
2014   PACTT Learning Center   $ 10,000.00   Support renovation and equipment for the PACTT Sensory Room Project to provide children on the autism spectrum a place to address sensory processing issues. This designed space will provide students with immediate sensory relief and teach soothing and behavior management skills.
2014   The Chicago Lighthouse   $ 34,518.00   Support a teacher's salary in agency's 0-3 Early Intervention Program. This program works with the whole family helping parents cope with the challenges of raising a child with special needs and helping toddlers prepare for preschool and lives of greater inclusion.
2014   UIC DHD Family Clinics   $ 13,445.00   Support Parent Behavior Management Training and Support Program. This group-based parenting program will focus on behavior interventions to improve child conduct problems, parental mental health, and parenting skills.
2014   United Cerebral Palsy of Illinois Prairieland   $ 41,805.00   Purchase equipment (Tap-It system) for the agency's technology center to provide student learners with equipment to maximize their access to computer based educational materials and experiences.
2015   Best Buddies Illinois   $ 14,575.00   Support the staff required for four Best Buddies chapters. This program creates enriching mentor opportunities for children with and without developmental disabilities through peer based one-to-one friendships.
2015   Center for Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 20,000.00   Support the salary of a full-time occupational therapists in their Intensive Motor Training Program to teach children with physical disabilities functional skills that lead to independence like walking, sitting, eating and dressing independently.
2015   Have Dreams   $ 9,500.00   Support staff for new Robotics Program where teens with Autism learn how to design, build and program robots by applying real-world math and science concepts.
2015   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 13,954.00   Special Kids will fund the Infant Development Specialist position in the agency's Premier Kids Program. This program uses an interdisciplinary team that provides children with developmental disabilities and their families with comprehensive healthcare, resources and education.
2015   Legal Council for Health Justice   $ 21,500.00   Support the provision of free, expert legal services to ensure that every child with a developmental disability has access to early intervention, special education, transition planning and other supports.
2015   Parents Alliance Employment Project   $ 15,000.00   Support the agency's new program, Project SEARCH. a high school transition program that is business-led and takes place entirely at the workplace.
2015   The Chicago Lighthouse   $ 31,380.00   Support a teacher's salary in agency's 0-3 Early Intervention Program. This program works with the whole family helping parents cope with the challenges of raising a child with special needs and helping toddlers prepare for preschool and lives of greater inclusion.
2015   The Kids Equipment Network   $ 24,000.00   Special Kids will fund the purchase of adaptive strollers for the agency's Community Wheelers. These strollers will be distributed to children with developmental disabilities.
2016   Aspire   $ 26,850.00   Fund an increase in number of hours for pediatric therapies and specialized services for low-income children with developmental delays and disabilities at their Chicago facility.
2016   Blue Cap   $ 4,000.00   Fund the purchase of Tumble Form Equipment for children with special needs in their School Program.The equipment provides proper positioning and support. It can be used for multiple every day purposes.
2016   Easter Seal DuPage and Fox Valley   $ 20,000.00   Support the expansion of the agency's Nutrition Program for Children with Developmental Disabilities to empower parents with the knowledge and confidence they need to provide their child with the nutrition that promotes growth, development, and optimal health.
2016   Jewish Council for Youth Services   $ 15,000.00   Support salary for five camp counselors at Camp Red Leaf during nine weeks of youth summer camp programming. This overnight camp strives to increase self esteem, promote interaction, improve social skills and encourage independence in a natural environment.
2016   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 14,373.00   Fund the Infant Development Specialist position in the agency’s Premier Kids Program. This program uses an interdisciplinary team that provides children with developmental disabilities and their families with comprehensive healthcare, resources and education.
2016   Parents Alliance Employment Project   $ 20,000.00   Support the agency's new program, Project SEARCH. a high school transition program that prepares students for competitive employment after a year long skill building experience at the Central DuPage Hospital.
2016   Special Gifts Theatre   $ 18,730.00   Fund the agency’s Musical Theatre Program/Creativity in Motion. This is a therapeutic program that focuses on behavioral skills that enables children to function and blend into mainstream society.
2016   The Kids Equipment Network   $ 24,000.00   Special Kids will fund the purchase of adaptive strollers for the agency’s Community Wheelers. These strollers will be distributed to children with developmental disabilities.
2017   Aspire   $ 12,200.00   Fund an increase in the number of hours for pediatric therapies and specialized services for low-income children with developmental delays.
2017   Blue Cap   $ 6,607.00   Fund the purchase of Tumble Form Equipment for children with special needs in the school program. The equipment provides proper positioning and support. It can be used a a carry seat, feeder seat and car seat.
2017   Center for Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 20,000.00   Support the salary of a full time physical therapist in the Center's Intensive Motor Training Program to teach children with physical disabilities functional skills that lead to independence.
2017   Easter Seal DuPage and Fox Valley   $ 27,500.00   Support the expansion of the agency's Nutrition Program for Children with Developmental Disabilities to empower parents with the knowledge and confidence they need to provide their child with the nutrition that promotes growth, development and optimal health.
2017   Jewish Council for Youth Services   $ 15,000.00   Support the salary for five camp counselors at Camp Red Leaf's nine week youth summer program. This overnight camp strives to increase self esteem, promote interaction, improve social skills and encourage independence in a natural environment.
2017   PACTT Learning Center   $ 11,400.00   Support the Video Modeling Project to enhance the educational experience of students with autism and maximize their opportunity for independence in the community.
2017   Special Gifts Theatre   $ 22,260.00   Fund the Musical Theatre Program and Creativity in Motion Program. This program provides individuals a therapeutic and customized creative drama experience that encourages personal growth and demonstrates to the community the abilities of individuals with special needs.
2017   The Chicago Lighthouse   $ 35,000.00   Support a teacher's salary in the 0-3 Early Intervention Program. This home-based program provides developmental therapy and family support to infants and toddlers with visual impairments and other disabilities.
2018   The Chicago Lighthouse   $ 35,000.00   Support a teacher's salary in the 0-3 Early Intervention Program. This home-based program provides developmental therapy and family support to infants and toddlers with visual impairments and other disabilities.
2018   Center for Independence through Conductive Education   $ 20,000.00   Fund the Center's Intensive Motor Training Program for children with physical disabilities by supporting the salary of one Conductive Education Teacher.
2018   LaRabida Children' Hospital   $ 20,540.00   Fund the Developmental Specialist position in the agency's Premier Kids Program. This program uses an interdisciplinary team that provides children with developmental disabilities and their families with comprehensive healthcare, resources and education.
2018   Parents Alliance Employment Project   $ 18,751.00   Support the agency's program, Project SEARCH. a high school transition program that prepares students for competitive employment after a year long skill building experience at Delnor Hospital.
2018   South Suburban Special Recreation Association   $ 25,000.00   Support the agency's Inclusion Services by supporting the salaries of 1:1 inclusion aides. SSSRA's Inclusion Services provide accommodations to allow for successful inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in traditional park district/recreation department programs.
2018   The Kids Equipment Network   $ 30,000.00   Fund the purchase of adaptive strollers for the agency's Community Wheelers. These strollers will be distributed to children with developmental disabilities.
2019   Children's Research Triangle   $ 9,500.00   Provide Camp SOAR (Special Outdoor Adaptive Recreation) overnight camping experiences for children with significant special needs who otherwise have limited access to such programs.
2019   Have Dreams   $ 26,250.00   Support the agency's Social, Communication, and Living Skills (SCILS) Program for children with Autism. This program helps foster social, communication and friendship building skills within a safe and supportive environment.
2019   Oak-Leyden Developmental Services   $ 31,000.00   Support the agency's new therapy groups - Growing Strong - Mini Oaks, Tall Oaks and Mighty Oaks. These groups will help the children gain socialization and language skills.
2019   Search, Inc.   $ 20,000.00   Support the Planet Access Company (PAC) Jobs Transition Program. This program provides real-life work experience in an integrated setting to help high school students with significant disabilities successfully transition to adult life.
2019   South Suburban Special Recreation Association   $ 25,000.00   Support the agency's Inclusion Services by supporting the salaries of 1:1 inclusion aides. SSSRA's Inclusion Services provide accommodations to allow for successful inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in traditional park district/recreation department programs.
2019   The Kids Equipment Network   $ 30,000.00   Fund the purchase of adaptive strollers for the agency's Community Wheelers. These strollers will be distributed to children with developmental disabilities.
2019   The Nora Project   $ 18,150.00   Support Nora Project classrooms in three schools in LaGrange. This is a program that teaches empathy and sparks friendships between children and their peers with developmental disabilities.
2020   Center For Enriched Living   $ 20,000.00   Support the salaries of camp counselors at the agency's Summer Camp for Youth With Developmental Disabilities.
2020   Center For Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 20,000.00   Fund the Center's Intensive Motor Training Program for children with physical disabilities by supporting the salary of an Occupational Therapist.
2020   Children's Research Triangle   $ 5,000.00   Support Camp SOAR (Special Outdoor Adaptive Recreation), an overnight camping experience for children with significant special needs who otherwise have limited access to such programs.
2020   Easterseal DuPage & Fox Valley   $ 23,000.00   Support salaries in the agency's Make The First Five Count Program. This program is a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to early intervention.
2020   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 21,000.00   Fund the Developmental Specialist position in the agency's Premier Kids Program. This program uses an interdisciplinary team that provides children with developmental disabilities and their families with comprehensive healthcare, resources and education.
2020   Search Inc.   $ 20,000.00   Support the Planet Access Company (PAC) Jobs Transition Program. This program provides real-life work experience in an integrated setting to help high school students with significant disabilities successfully transition to adult life.
2020   The Chicago Lighthouse   $ 35,000.00   Support a teacher's salary in the 0-3 Early Intervention Program. This home-based program provides developmental therapy and family support to infants and toddlers with visual impairments and other disabilities
2020   The Nora Project   $ 26,000.00   Support Nora Project classrooms in five schools in LaGrange. This is a program that teaches empathy and sparks friendships between children and their peers with developmental disabilities.
2021   Center For Enriched Living   $ 20,000.00   Support the salaries of camp counselors at the agency's Summer Camp for Youth With Developmental Disabilities.
2021   Center For Independence Through Conductive Education   $ 20,000.00   Fund the Center's Intensive Motor Training Program for children with physical disabilities by supporting the salary of a Conductive Education Teacher.
2021   Easterseal DuPage & Fox Valley   $ 25,000.00   Support the agency's Make The First Five Count Program to serve low income families who need a comprehensive approach to early intervention.
2021   Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Rockford   $ 4,280.00   Fund equipment needed for expansion of HarrysButtons to launch the HarrysButtons Training Program for their students.
2021   Esperanza Community Services   $ 10,000.00   Support the establishment of a sensory integration therapy room for the agency's da school with the purchase of needed equipment.
2021   Helping Hand Center   $ 16,120.00   Support enhanced hearing services for children with developmental disabilities with the launch of a new hearing screening service.
2021   Imagination Theater   $ 8,600.00   Support the implementation of a new theatrical residency program for students with developmental disabilities at one Chicago High School.
2021   LaRabida Children's Hospital   $ 21,000.00   Fund the Developmental Specialist position in the agency's Premier Kids Program. This program uses an interdisciplinary team that provides children with developmental disabilities and their families with comprehensive healthcare, resources and education.
2021   Our Place of New Trier Township   $ 10,000.00   Support the agency's after school program which provides social, enrichment and recreation activities for high school and transition students.