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Can You Dig It?


Oak-Leyden is working with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse 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 adult participants and Oak-Leyden staff learn from volunteer master gardeners on how to plant and care for herbs, veggies, and much more. Tools, raised beds, seeds, and plants were donated to provide us with a season of learning, sharing, and relationship building.

Last year, the garden raised more than 850 lbs. of produce, which was donated to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. This year, our goal is to donate 1,000 pounds of produce! 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.





Let’s Play this Summer

Music Drop-in Days



With Music Together, each child benefits from an engaging personal and group experience. All children through age five are welcome! Classes are held at Oak-Leyden, 411 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, Fridays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

August 26 ~ FREE demonstration class


For more information on our drop-in classes or to reserve your spot, contact Rachel Wood at (708) 524-1050 X132 or rwood@oak-leyden.org.

Celebrating 60Print

Oak-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.

pretzelhb1Through 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. Check out our YouTube Channel for a behind-the-scenes look at our programs and services.

We hope you’ll celebrate with us Friday, November 4, 6-10 p.m. at our annual Oak-toberfest fundraiser at Hofbräuhaus Chicago in Rosemont. Interested in advertising in our program book, donating to our silent auction, or becoming a sponsor? Contact Lori at 708-524-1050 x 102 for details. Thanks for your support!

db1We Had a Groovy Time!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Bowl-to-Benefit Oak-Leyden’s Children’s Services Program Saturday, June 18 at Striker Lanes in Berwyn. We had a ball with goofy bowling, a St. Croix trip raffle, and a 70’s costume contest. We appreciate all of our generous supporters who helped raise funds for Children’s Services.

A special shout-out to our presenting sponsor, Zapwater Communications, plus Gabby’s Bakery, Clavio’s Café, and Extreme Sounds Entertainment for adding to the fun!






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