Advocacy Center

About us…

ILLINOIS COUNCIL

The Advocacy Center, developed under an investment from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, assists adults ages 22-30, with intellectual/developmental disabilities the opportunity to purse their goals, and future passions. It provides flexible services and supports for those that have completed their transition programs/graduated high school. The Advocacy Center’s goal is to encourage participants to broaden their experience in the community and expand their options, whether it’s finding employment in the community, starting their own microenterprise, or simply pursuing a hobby. In our industry, choices can be limited and there is typically a lack of options, therefore The Advocacy Center is aimed towards helping our participants determine their goals, train and coach them on communicating their needs and giving them the necessary tools to purse their passions.

advocacy7The Advocacy Center uses an array of assessments to determine which route is most suitable. We will facilitate group meetings and individualized sessions to explore options and create a supportive and nurturing environment. The Advocacy Center will utilize assessments, interest inventories, and MAPS and PATHS to help our participants create long and short term goals.

The Advocacy Center will also provide skill training’s and educational courses; participants will learn basic financial planning and skills, balancing income and social security benefits, person centered planning, seeking ADA accommodations in the work place, stress management, independent living, relationship and interpersonal safety, and small business training. In addition, The Advocacy Center will work in collaboration with local businesses, community colleges/Universities, as well as the Chambers of Commerce to help establish connections that will benefit our participants.

Who we are looking for…

The Advocacy Center is looking for motivated young adults, 22–30 years of age who have an aspiration to work in the community, start up their own business, or simply continue with a hobby. The program is ideal for those who recently graduated high school or completed their transitional program. We are looking for participants who are moderately independent and have a desire to learn new skills and expand their experiences.

How you can help…

The Advocacy Center has partnered with many different professionals and community businesses to benefit and meet the needs of our participants. Nevertheless, volunteers are still necessary to enable our participants to receive personalized support. Our volunteers can assist in job coaching, facilitating groups, or simply helping with activities. If you are someone that enjoys helping others, likes to share your knowledge and experience and would like to join our Advocacy Center team please contact us for more information.