On November 7th, Oak-Leyden hosted its 27th Annual Benefit – Oak-Leyden’s Oak-Toberfest – at Hofbräuhaus Chicago. Thank you to our 2014 Oak-toberfest sponsors and donors who helped make our event a success. Please support those who support Oak-Leyden!
A Red Orchid Theatre
A Still Place
Alioto’s Gift Shop
Al-Mart Bedding & Furniture
Amanda Miller Design Studio
Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society
Careful Peach Boutique
Ceramic Arts Café
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Connor & Gallagher Insurance Services, Inc.
Customized Protection Services
Doggie Day Play
Extreme Sounds Entertainment (photo booth)
E-Z Duz It Products Inc.
Fatduck Tavern & Grill
Fifth Third Bank
First Security Trust and Savings
Forest Agency Insurance
Gibson Musical Instruments
Glenbard Auto Body
Good Heart Work Smart Foundation
Grand Appliance and Television
Green Bay Packaging-Chicago Division/Kevin Davidson
John Ross and Family
Karen Mullarkey Kerrins
Kean Heating & Air Conditioning
Longhouse Capital Advisors
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Luxe Home Interiors
Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Minuteman Press of Oak Park
Momentum Dry Finish Wine
Museum of Science and Industry
North Avenue Neighbors Association of Oak Park
Oak Park Festival Theatre
Oak Park Jewelers
Olson’s Ace Hardware
Planet Fitness/Elmwood Park
Pleasant Home Foundation
Senator Don Harmon
Ten Thousand Villages
The Buzz Café
The Carleton of Oak Park
The Horton Group
Tropic Construction Corporation
Ward Auto Body, Inc.
West Suburban Medical Center
Zanies Comedy Nite Club
Zigfield Troy Golf Range & Par-3
We hope you’ll consider a year-end investment in Oak-Leyden Developmental Services. Oak-Leyden has been providing critical support to people with disabilities for more than 55 years, and we would not be able to provide such far-reaching, quality programs and services without the support of our community. This year, Oak-Leyden assisted:
- 370 children and 222 adult participants with developmental disabilities meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential.
- 87 participants thrive through our Oak Park Lifelong Learning Center’s Developmental Training Program.
- 52 residents live independently in 12 supervised homes through our Community Integrated Living Arrangements.
- 49 Developmental Training Program participants and 34 Supported Employment Program participants through our Elmwood Park Lifelong Learning Centers.
To make a donation or pledge to volunteer your time, click the blue buttons at the top of this page. We also have an extensive wishlist of items, which you can access on the bottom right of this page. Thanks for all you do to help Oak-Leyden help children and adults with developmental disabilities meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential. We couldn’t do it without you!
Go Baby, Go!
We’re driving a car pool of a different kind at our 411 Chicago Ave. location in Oak Park. Through a donation by the Kiwanis Club of Oak Park-River Forest, Oak-Leyden’s Children’s Services Program was able to purchase three battery-operated cars and a local State Farm agent sponsored a fourth that O-L volunteers have adapted for use by our Children’s Services Program participants.
After a trip to Toys ‘R’ Us, Dr. Cole Galloway, a professor of physical therapy at the University of Delaware, invented a less expensive alternative to electric wheelchairs for
physically impaired children between the ages of 18 and 24 months. Galloway realized he could retrofit battery-operated toy cars using creative materials like PVC tubing, swimming pool noodles, and kickboards. Thus, GoBabyGo (www.udel.edu/gobabygo) was formed.
To date, the program has retrofitted nearly 100 cars, many of which are customized to provide physical therapy for specific impairments. Galloway’s vehicles, which aim to increase mobility and bridge the “exploration gap” between abled and impaired children, have been shown to increase cognitive and motor skills in their drivers. “It unlocks brain development and exploratory drive for the child, and ignites active, engaged play from adults and peers,” Galloway says. “When your main goal is mobility and socialization of young children and their families, you can’t ask for better collaborators than Barbie and Mater.”
On Sept. 13, volunteers from Northwestern University’s engineering department, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital, the Oak-Leyden Children’s Services staff, and Dr. Deb Gaebler from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, gathered to complete the retrofits. Thanks to all who donated and volunteered to help make this program innovation possible.
There’s no stopping our little drivers now, as program therapists and parents cheer them on to Go Baby, Go!
Oak-Leyden Receives Special Recognition
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.
Oak-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.
Our New Children’s Services Playground
The 2013 9/11 Charity LemonAid Stand raised more than $30,000 for our new playground, which opened in July 2014 behind our offices at Ridgeland and Oak Park Ave. The sounds of happy children can be heard throughout this Oak-Leyden neighborhood!