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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.





Make Music with Us!

imagesCAESWQJHAll newborns through five-year-olds are invited to make musical memories with Music Together®.

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood program that provides exposure and experience to young children of all abilities. This enrichment program builds social skills and musical confidence kids will carry throughout their lives.

MT71-30~ ENROLL TODAY for a ten-week session at one of our two Oak Park locations ~

Mondays at 4 p.m., beginning 9/12   @   Peekaboo Playroom, 7007 North Ave.

Fridays at 9:15 a.m., beginning 9/9    @   Oak-Leyden, 411 Chicago Ave. 

For more information on our drop-in classes or to reserve your spot, contact Rachel Wood at (708) 524-1050 X107 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.


We hope you’ll celebrate our 60th at OakToberfest

Friday, November 4

6-10 p.m.

at Hofbräuhaus Chicago in Rosemont


Your $120 per person donation includes ~secondcitysnipe

  • A delicious, authentic German-style buffet
  • Complimentary beer and wine
  • Entertainment by The Second City: Improv All-Stars
  • An uplifting performance by Oak-Leyden’s adult choir
  • A tapping and tasting of our 60th anniversary, small batch Diamond Draft beer, handcrafted by Hofbrauhaus’ master brewers
  • Terrific silent auction items, raffle prizes, and more!

choirsnipeClick here to purchase event and raffle tickets or to make a special Diamond Anniversary donation.

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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