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Helping Hand Center is a nonprofit serving over 700 children and adults with developmental disabilities in suburban Cook County and greater Chicagoland communities since 1955. We offer a range of programs and services, including outpatient therapies, early intervention, a school for children with autism, high school transition, residential homes, employment services, adult developmental training, and special recreation programs.
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Pediatric Outpatient Clinic | Countryside
The clinic serves 225 children with special needs, from birth through age 21. Services include individual occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and music therapy; as well as free early intervention screenings for children under the age of three.
School for Children with Autism | Countryside
The School for Children with Autism is a year-round therapeutic day program serving 30 children from ages 3-22. Additional benefits include a parent liaison who provides family training, information on additional resources, or individual support from the perspective of a parent.
Adult Day Program | Countryside
The Day Program serves over 200 clients and focuses on their overall wellness. Programs include Arts & Crafts, Library, Computers, Independent Life Skills, Cooking, Music, Fitness and Recreation.
Residential Living Services | Local Community
Operates 12 residential facilities for over 80 adults in multiple communities including Countryside, LaGrange, Brookfield, Summit, Lyons, Darien, and Bridgeview. Services include independent living and 24-hour staff support and supervision.
High School Transition | Countryside
Provides the next step for graduating high school students with disabilities. Allows students to participate in paid and voluntary work experience, job placement, and job coaching services for community employment and day development programs. Additional services include helping families learn how to self-advocate for services and apply for funding and benefits.
Employment Services | Local Community
Helping 50 adults find employment in local businesses.
Subcon Packing & Assembly Production Shop | LaGrange Park
A wholly owned division of Helping Hand Center that provides a uniquely supervised environment for real-world job training. Adult clients perform a large variety of packaging and assembly jobs that are subcontracted by local businesses.
Helping Hand Thrift Shop | Brookfield
Offers a wide variety of items, including "Brand New," and gently used items, all at bargain prices. Operated by a small number of staff and volunteers, the shop provides support toward Helping Hand Center mission.