Recreational Links

Check out these websites for some interesting and informative information:

How to Start a Business to Employ People with Autism

Chicago September 16 or 17, 2016

The one-day seminar will be held two separate days – Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 – downtown Chicago. The fee for attending is $15 per person and is used to provide a box lunch and refreshments during the meeting. Please visit our website for more information and pre-registration.

YIKES! is a Chicago area beverage vending & delivery business,owned & operated by Matthew, who has a developmental disability.  Matthew’s friends & family helped him build this micro-business.Assisted by a job coach, Matthew is daily doing real work of real value in the community.


HARDBACK YO-YO Brian Martin has been running his own business for over 4 years now. Just like many self-employed business owners, he has relied on the help and support of others. His product list is growing and you can find his items in retail stores and at local fairs, conventions
and expos, all year-round. Most importantly, he is making an income! Visit Brian Martin’s Hardback YoYo to find out about upcycled gift items made from discarded and repurposed media.


ART AND SOUL offers group art classes and workshops. Classes are offered for adults and children. Registration and a class schedule are available to view on the website. Free drop in classes are also offered for new students. Art and Soul also offers creative art parties on location here in its party room.


GRIFFIN HAMMIS ASSOCIATES LLC is an international leader in the evolution of Customized Employment providing training and technical consultation on all aspects of this approach.



ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF MICROBOARDS AND COOPERATIVES Their mission is to promote and facilitate the development of Microboards and Cooperatives for the benefit of individuals with disabilities so they may live fulfilling lives as valued members of their communities. Our vision is every person empowered to live a quality life, included in and valued by their communities.



ILLINOIC COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD) is dedicated to leading change in Illinois so that all people with developmental disabilities are able to exercise their rights to freedom and equal opportunity.



JJ’S LIST is a communications and marketing social enterprise that helps businesses incorporate disability-aware marketing, customer service and employment best practices into core business strategies.



NORTH SUBURBAN YMCA It is the mission of the North Suburban YMCA to provide individuals in Northbrook and the surrounding areas with programs and tools that will help them become healthier, more connected and confident. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our community and each other.



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