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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.

Alternatives to Workshops

April 2019 | Ann Garcia and Grace O'Connor - Patient Advocates, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Some of these resources are specific to the greater Chicagoland area and/or Illinois. If you are looking for resources in another region, we recommend reaching out to a local Down syndrome parent organization. Click one of the four links below to jump to that category of resources.
Lincolnway Special Recreation Association (LWSRA)New Lenox, IL
  • TITANS Program
  • Options for 2-5 days/week
  • Private pay
  • Door-to-door transportation available for additional fee
Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA) Addison, IL
  • TREC (Transition-Aged Recreation Experiences and Community) Program
  • 3 days/week
  • Private pay
Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) Crystal Lake, IL
  • L.I.F.E. (Leisure Increases Freedom & Enjoyment) Program
  • Year-round life skills program
  • 9:30am-2:30pm, options for M/W group or T/Th group
  • Private pay
Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA)Riverwoods, IL
  • ELA (Enriched Lifestyles for Adults) Program
  • Offered in partnership with the Center for Enriched Living
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Private pay
Northern Will County Special Recreation Association (NWCSRA)Romeoville, IL
  • ALL (Adults Living Large) Program
  • Monday - Friday, options for 1-5 days/week
  • Private pay
Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)Rolling Meadows, Hanover Park, Wheeling, and Mount Prospect, IL
  • Monday - Friday, options for 1-5 days/week, ½ day options are available
  • DHS waiver or private pay
  • Transportation available for additional fee
South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation (SEASPAR)Darien, Brookfield, Lisle, and Lemont, IL
  • EAGLES (Enhance Adult Growth through Lifestyle Education and Service)
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Private pay
  • Enrollment limited to SEASPAR service area residents
Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County (SRACLC)Libertyville, IL
  • Active Adult Program (fitness, living skills, socialization, recreation-leisure)
  • Monday - Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Private pay
Special Recreation of Joliet and Channahon (SRJC)Joliet, IL
  • Connections Program (skill-building, independence, exploring the community)
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm; option for M/W/F
  • Private pay
Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County (SRSNLC)Round Lake Beach, IL
  • T.O.D.A.Y. Club (Together Opening Doors Around You)
  • Monday - Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Private pay
Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)Naperville, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, and Wheaton, IL
  • Rec & Roll Day Program
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Private pay
  • Same rates apply for out-of-district
  • Scholarships are available
Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA)Gurnee, IL
  • Monday - Thursday, 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Private pay
The Arts of LifeChicago and Glenview, IL
312-829-2787 (Chicago)
847-486-0808 (Glenview)
  • 9:00am-2:00pm (Chicago)
  • 9:00am-3:00pm (Glenview)
  • DHS waiver or private pay
Association for Individual DevelopmentAurora and Sugar Grove, IL
  • STARS Adult Day Program (in collaboration with Fox Valley Special Recreation Association)
  • DHS waiver
ClearbrookCrystal Lake and Park Ridge, IL
  • CHOICE Program
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm
  • DHS waiver or private pay
Community Support ServicesCicero, IL (and various community locations)
  • Community360 Day Program
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm (full or part-time schedules offered)
  • DHS waiver or private pay
Envision UnlimitedChicago, IL (multiple locations)
  • Arts Studio & Horticulture
  • DHS waiver or private pay
  • Private pay clients - minimum of 15 hrs/week and pay in advance
Garden CenterBurbank, IL
  • Monday – Friday
  • DHS waiver or private pay
MisericordiaChicago, IL
  • Adult Enrichment Program
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am-2:30pm
  • Part-time schedule available
  • DHS waiver or private pay ($65/day)
Oak-LeydenOak Park and Elmwood Park, IL
  • Lifelong Learning Program
  • DHS waiver
Ray Graham Lombard, Lisle, Elmhurst, and Burr Ridge, IL
  • Community Center Programs
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am-2:30pm
  • DHS waiver or private pay
RRAF Lombard, IL
  • Community Day Services
  • Monday - Friday, 9:30am-2:30pm
  • DHS waiver or private pay
Search, Inc. Evanston, IL
  • No Boundaries Program
  • M/T, 9:15am-12:15pm (full-day options available)
  • DHS waiver or private pay
Search, Inc. Mount Prospect, Chicago, Waukegan, and Evanston, IL
  • Visibility Arts
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am-2:30pm at Mount Prospect Studio
  • 1 day/week at other locations
  • DHS waiver or private pay
Trinity Services Des Plaines, IL (for Northwest and Western Suburbs)
  • Community Day Services
  • 8:30am-2:00pm
  • DHS waiver
Trinity Services Elwood, Frankfort, Joliet, Manhattan, New Lenox, and Wilmington, IL (for Southwest Suburbs)
  • Community Day Services
  • 8:30am-3:00pm
  • DHS waiver
UCP SeguinCicero, Oak Park, Chicago, Tinley Park, and Berkeley, IL
  • Community Connections and CHOICE Programs
  • DHS waiver or private pay
Center for Enriched Living Riverwoods, IL
847-509-9400 x6823
  • ELA Program (see NSSRA above)
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm; options for 2, 3, or 5 days/week; ½ day and full day options
  • Private pay
Center for Enriched Living Riverwoods, IL
  • REACH Program
  • Monday - Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm; extended day option (9:00am-3:00pm) and ½ day options available
  • Private pay
Community Access NapervilleNaperville, IL
  • Private pay
Connection of FriendsWheaton, IL
  • Monday - Friday (multiple time options)
  • Ages 16 and older
  • Private pay
CTF IllinoisOrland Park and Tinley Park, IL
  • Lifestyles Academy
  • Private pay
PremierCare Consulting, LLCNaperville, IL
  • MyDay Care Program
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am-2:30pm; 2:30-4:30pm
  • Full- or part-time options available
  • Private pay
Our Place of New Trier TownshipWilmette, IL
  • Monday - Friday, morning and afternoon programs, 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Private pay
Opportunity KnocksRiver Forest, IL
  • The Life Shop Day Program
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30am-2:30pm
  • Private pay
  • Open to residents of Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park
Gigi’s PlayhouseHoffman Estates, Tinley Park, and Rockford, IL
  • GiGi’s Career Development Programs

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