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Can You Dig It?


Oak-Leyden was invited by Sugar Beet Schoolhouse to participate in their All Ages + All Abilities Garden on the grounds of the Park District of Oak Park’s Cheney Mansion. Our Lifelong Learning Center’s participants worked with Oak-Leyden staff and volunteer master gardeners to plant, care for, and grow marigolds, herbs, and veggies in our Italian Feasting Garden. Tools, raised beds, seeds, and plants were donated to provide us with a season of learning, sharing, and relationship building.

The garden raised more than 850 lbs. of produce, which was donated to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Check out the media coverage we received from FOX-TV News and Deb’s Big Backyard.

CARF and Cavalcade Awards


Oak-Leyden Developmental Services has been awarded the highest level of accreditation by CARF International for our day and residential programs.


CARF accreditation is a public seal of trust and commitment to quality based on internationally accepted standards. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates Oak-Leyden’s commitment to exceptional, personalized care. An organization receiving the highest level of CARF accreditation has undergone a detailed peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors, during an on-site visit, its commitment to providing programs and services of the highest quality. For more information on CARF, visit www.carf.org.

cavalcadepic2Oak-Leyden Developmental Services was recognized for the beautification of its headquarters’ façade at 411 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park. The 2014 Cavalcade of Pride Commercial Building Award was presented by Oak Park’s Community Design Commission at the Nineteenth Century Club on Nov. 20. Opening remarks were made by village president, Anan Abu-Taleb, to a capacity crowd of honorees and supporters of the village’s 2014 Preservation Awards, Green Awards, and Cavalcade of Pride Awards.


The 411 Chicago Avenue facility houses Oak-Leyden’s management staff as well as playrooms for Oak-Leyden’s Children’s Services’ therapy program, and is one of 15 near-west suburban facilities operated by Oak-Leyden. The Oak-Leyden façade project was partially funded by a grant from Oak Park Development Corp.





Have a Groovy Time!bowling3

bowling2You’re invited to Bowl-to-Benefit Oak-Leyden’s Children’s Services Programs Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Striker Lanes, 6728 W. 16th Street in Berwyn.

Through May 31, early bird tickets are $60 per person, which includes food, two drink coupons, music, games, a 70’s costume contest, and one drawing entry for a one-week stay at Northside Valley Villas in St. Croix, USVI.

Silent auction items include a dinner cruise for two on the Odyssey, Northwestern football tickets, Cubs tickets, a week of summer camp at School of Rock, a week stay in St. Thomas, one night and dinner for two at the Park Hyatt, dinner for two at Joy District, men’s accessories from The Tie Bar, and much more!

zaplogoDust off your platform bowling shoes and boogie down with Oak-Leyden’s Children’s Services. Click here or contact Lori Malinski at 708-524-1050 x 102 or lmalinski@oak-leyden.org to grab your tickets.

A special shout-out to our presenting sponsor, Zapwater Communications!

Dine for Oak-Leyden, May 1—31

pretzel donutStop into Old School Tavern and Grill at 201 Des Plaines Ave. in Forest Park between May 1-31, buy a pretzel or donut, and they’ll donate $1 to Oak-Leyden. Mark your calendar and bring your family and friends for delicious meals and tasty brews. Don’t miss this sweet and savory way to support our services!



When yousugar1 shop at Sugar Beet Food Co-op, bring your reusable bag, mug, or bulk container and they’ll give you a Beet Buck you can use to vote for one of three non-profits. From May 1-June 30, Oak-Leyden is one of the featured non-profits, so BYOBag, get a Beet Buck, and drop it in our jar. At the end of June, the co-op will donate 5¢ for each Beet Buck Oak-Leyden received!

sugar2Sugar Beet Food Co-op is open to the public every day from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. for high quality groceries , fresh local produce, brewed coffee, smoothies, grab-and-go-meals, and more.  Thanks for buying local and supporting Oak-Leyden!

Sugar Beet Food Co-op is located at 812 W. Madison in Oak Park. www.sugarbeetcoop.squarespace.com

Celebrating 60

PrintOak-Leyden is commemorating its 60th anniversary! Formed as the Oak Community School in 1956 by a group of concerned parents, Oak-Leyden continues to advance our founders’ mission. We provide those with developmental disabilities with the training, therapies, and education they need to help meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential.

Through the talents of our staff and the support of our families and community, Oak-Leyden has grown significantly over the past 60 years. We now assist more than 700 children and adults annually in western Cook County with a variety of services that promote a sense of inclusion within a larger community.

We hope you’ll celebrate with us at these special events.

June 5 ~ Day in Our Village at Scoville Park in Oak Park

June 18, 6-10 p.m ~ Disco Bowl to benefit Children’s Services

July 23 ~ Children’s Services bake sale at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market

November 4, 6-10 p.m. ~ Annual Oak-toberfest fundraiser at Hofbräuhaus Chicago in Rosemont

MT71-30Join Us for Our Music Together Spring Session

Oak-Leyden’s Music Together® program encourages children to participate at their own level, so each child benefits from an engaging personal and group experience.

Registration is now open for our 10-week classes, and all newborns through five-year-olds are welcome to join the fun. Classes will be held Mondays at 4 p.m. at Peekaboo Playroom, 7007 W. North Ave. in Oak Park and Fridays at 9:15 a.m. at Oak-Leyden, 411 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park. Contact Rachel Wood at 708-524-1050 x 107 or rwood@oak-leyden.org to reserve your spot.



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