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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.

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.





HamBingo with Us!


Join us at Hamburger Mary’s for an Oak-Leyden bingo “fun-raiser” Wednesday, July 27 from 8 to 10 p.m. at 155 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park

Get a set of 10 bingo cards for a $15 donation. Improve your chances to win with additional sets for $10 each.

Prizes include gift cards for Edwardo’s Pizza, Brunswick Lanes, Panera Bread, Sugar Beet Co-op, Oberweis, Starbuck’s, Pure Health Chiropractic, and much more!

The event is for ages 18+ and space is limited. To reserve seats in advance, contact Hamburger Mary’s at 708-445-0272. Hope to see you there!


Let’s Play this Summerdropin

Activity Drop-in Days

Our FREE and fun-filled drop-in days for all newborns through five-year-olds and their parents or caregivers are brimming with exciting activities. Classes are held at various locations on the following Thursdays:

July 21 at 10:00 a.m.   Play & Grow Garden at Garfield Park Conservatory

August 11 at noon        Puppet Place Theater at Pyrce Park

Music Drop-in Days

MT71-30With 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. There is a $5 fee per family per class.

July 15 and 29

August 5

August 19 and 26 ~ FREE demonstration classes


Make Music at Peekaboo Playroom

mt2Oak-Leyden’s  music program ensures children of all abilities participate at their own level. Children through age six are welcome! Join us at Peekaboo Playroom, 7007 W. North Ave. in Oak Park, Mondays at 4 p.m. There is a $10 fee per family per class and kids can enjoy the Playroom before or after.

July 25

August 8

August 22 ~ 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 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. Check out our YouTube Channel for a behind-the-scenes look at our programs and services.

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

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

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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