Oak-Leyden in the News
We appreciate those in our community who shine a spotlight on our mission and achievements. Most recently:
Lou Manfredini, “Mr. Fix-It,” featured Oak-Leyden and the work we do on his Saturday, March 21, WGN-AM morning broadcast.
IFF featured Oak-Leyden as a client success story. IFF has been an important partner to our organization, providing financing to acquire and renovate our new 10,000-square-foot developmental training site in Elmwood Park as well as three homes in western Cook County, and improvements to our fleet of vehicles. To read IFF’s Oak-Leyden success story, click here.
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.
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.
Thanks for Toasting Children’s Services!
Hofbräuhaus in Rosemont hosted a one-of-a-kind “Dine for a Cause” Brewer’s tasting on Friday, March 20, to benefit Oak-Leyden’s Children’s Services Program. Hofbräuhaus’ chef Klaus and brewmaster Rob teamed up to invent a delicious four-course beer and gourmet meal pairing. A great time was had by all, with a silent auction and raffle, yodeling, a brewery tour, and a stein lifting contest. Thanks to the Hofbräuhaus and our volunteers and guests for a memorable evening, supporting Children’s Services!
Danke to our silent auction, raffle, and in-kind donors:
A Red Orchid Theatre
Abt Electronics and Appliances
Chicago Blitz Professional Indoor Football
Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare
deedee & edee
Elan Hair, Body & Sole
Good Earth Greenhouse
Sen. Don Harmon
The Language & Music School
Lucky Strike Lanes
Amanda Miller Design Studio
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Nottoli & Son
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Pamela Penney Textile Arts
Planet Fitness/Elmwood Park
The Redhead Piano Bar
School of Rock
Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.
Ten Thousand Villages/Oak Park
Top Golf/Wood Dale
Two Brothers Brewing
Vera Bradley/Premium Outlets
Windy City Limousine
Wines for Humanity
Wonder Works: A Children’s Museum in Oak Park
Zanie’s Comedy Nite Club
Special thanks to our sponsors!
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!