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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
ABC Bank
Alioto’s Gift Shop
Al-Mart Bedding & Furniture
Amanda Miller Design Studio
Athenaeum Theatre
Barnard’s Schwinn
Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society
Careful Peach Boutique
Ceramic Arts Café
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago Bears
Chicago Blackhawks    
Chicago Bulls
Connor & Gallagher Insurance Services, Inc.
Craig Volpe
Customized Protection Services
Divine Consign
Doggie Day Play
Dunkin’ Donuts
Ebert Studio
Elmcrest Banquets
Extreme Sounds Entertainment (photo booth)
E-Z Duz It Products Inc.
Famous Liquors
Fatduck Tavern & Grill
Fifth Third Bank
First Security Trust and Savings
Flow Chiropractic
Forest Agency Insurance
Gabby’s Bakery
Gibson Musical Instruments
Glenbard Auto Body
Good Heart Work Smart Foundation
Grand Appliance and Television
Green Bay Packaging-Chicago Division/Kevin Davidson
Greg Viti
Handbag Culture
Heitzman Architects
Hofbräuhaus Chicago
IliniCare Health
John Ross and Family
Karen Mullarkey Kerrins
Kean Heating & Air Conditioning
Longhouse Capital Advisors
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Luxe Home Interiors
Lynfred Winery
Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Marvin Sanders
Minuteman Press of Oak Park
Momentum Dry Finish Wine
Museum of Science and Industry
Naper Settlement
North Avenue Neighbors Association of Oak Park
Oak Park Festival Theatre
Oak Park Jewelers
Olson’s Ace Hardware
PCS Industries
Planet Fitness/Elmwood Park
Pleasant Home Foundation
Prairie Title
Pumpkin Moon
Radio Flyer
Sassetti LLC
Senator Don Harmon
Sharon Dault
Shedd Aquarium
Southwest Airlines
Ten Thousand Villages
The Buzz Café
The Carleton of Oak Park
The Horton Group
Tropic Construction Corporation
Vertical Endeavors
Ward Auto Body, Inc.
Westgate Flowers
West Suburban Medical Center
Zanies Comedy Nite Club
Zigfield Troy Golf Range & Par-3




Support Oak-Leyden – Buy a $5 Carson’s Coupon Book Today!CommDay2015springLogo

For only $5, you can purchase a Community Days coupon book good for the online and in-store purchases you make on February 27 and 28. Each coupon book is loaded with fantastic offers:   

  • A $10 off coupon that can be used on any item priced $10 or more.
  • A 30% off one item coupon.
  • A two-day, 25% off savings pass.
  • A 30% web exclusive coupon.
  • Free standard shipping for online orders.
  • Hundreds of bonus buys throughout the store!

Community_Day_Coupons_2015SpringThese coupons can be used at any Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, or Younkers store and online for purchases of regular and sale price items.

The entire $5 coupon book purchase price will be donated to Oak-Leyden Developmental Services. Purchase your coupon books with cash or check at the following Oak-Leyden locations:

320 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park
411 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park
22 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park

Or click here to pay with a credit card — they’ll be shipped to you free of charge! Buy a book today and help spread the word about Oak-Leyden’s Community Days. Thanks for your support!

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

GBG6physically 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 andGBG4 their families, you can’t ask for better collaborators than Barbie and Mater.”GBG2

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

CARF_GoldSeal_108pxwebOak-Leyden Developmental Services has been awarded the highest level of accreditation by CARF International for our day and residential programs.

newpic2 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.

411The 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!





Mixed-aged Music Together Class


Sign up today! Our Music Together® classes for all children from newborns through kindergarteners are held Fridays at 9:15 a.m. at 411 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park.

For more information, contact Rachel Wood at 708-524-1050 x107 or rwood@oak-leyden.org.

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