Mission: Giant steps illinois, inc. Is committed to providing individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and their families, superior educational and therapeutic services focused on improving the quality of daily life from early childhood through adulthood.
Programs: Operation of a therapeutic day school for students with autism and related developmental diabilities to enhance academic, language, sensory, motor and social skills of its students with a goal of enabling them to maximize their individual potential and lead productive and independent lives. The school year consists of two semesters and a summer program. There were approximately 160 students enrolled at the end of the school year.
ancillary programs -a) rec center - recreational activities after regular school hours, on holidays, and during vacationsb) therapy program - additioanl therapeutic services offered after regular school hours; open to both giant steps and non giant steps clientsc) autism training center - provides professional developement for educators, first responders, and otehr professionals. D) tiny steps - child care services for the children of giant steps staff (only) during the school daye) canopy program - adult services for clients over 21 years old. All of these services are funded through private pay or private insurance.
Giant Steps has helped provide me with hope and a new passion to do something about autism. Although my autistic son is an adult, there is so much more for him and others afflicted with autism, to experience and achieve. I have personally witnessed the progress of the children enrolled in our school as they advance from grades K-12 and to age 22 when they (by state law) must move on. Although Giant Steps education for autistics is second to none in Illinois, our training for the greater community may have even more far reaching impact. The training of first responders, firemen, police, DCFS, stadium security, schools and many other organizations can change lives and prevent tragedies. I have never been more proud of an organization dedicated to helping the helpless. Relieving the sufferings of autistic children and their families is the greatest opportunity of all, to join in doing God's work.