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OUR HISTORY

Oak-Leyden was founded in 1956 by concerned families who joined to form the Oak Community School in Oak Park, Illinois. Here, young adults with developmental disabilities learned the skills they would need to live as independently as possible within home and community settings. Over the years, the Oak Community School grew to include a wide range of vocational and residential services for adults; and therapy, educational and family support for infants and young children with developmental disabilities.

OUR MISSION

Helping people with developmental disabilities meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential.

To accomplish this mission, we have developed seven core values. Oak-Leyden will consistently:

  • Recognize the dignity of each individual.
  • Support personal choices whenever possible and safe.
  • Promote the inclusion of each individual served within the larger community.
  • Facilitate and encourage family involvement and participation in support of the individual served.
  • Strive to discover new and innovative programs to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.
  • Provide individually-designed programs that empower individuals served.
  • Use resources in a manner that provides the maximum benefit for individuals served.