Mission: Fulfilling Lives–Regardless of Challenge. Every one of our clients has a right to a fulfilling life of dignity, independence and respect. So do their families. That right is universal, regardless of challenge. At Little Friends, we empower clients with autism and other developmental disabilities to thrive in our community. Our groundbreaking programs and nationally-renowned staff provide lifelong opportunities for growth, so our clients can work, learn, play and experience the joy of life’s everyday moments.
Founded in 1965, Little Friends has grown to a multi-faceted human services agency operating three schools, vocational training programs, community-based residential opportunities, and the Little Friends Center for Autism, a valued resource for diagnosis, comprehensive evaluations, therapies, and trainings for parents and professionals.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Little Friends serves more than 800 people each year throughout nine counties and 45 school districts across northern Illinois and Indiana.
Geographic areas served: Little Friends serves more than 800 people each year throughout nine counties and 45 school districts across northern Illinois and Indiana.
Programs: We operate three schools, extensive adult vocational programming, a community-based living program, a group home for children with autism, and The Little Friends Center for Autism
Our son has been a client of Little Friends for over 20 years. He has worked at Spectrum (the vocational workshop) for over 20 years. He is now also participating in InKlude (art studio), and he has been in a supported apartment for 5 years. This organization is amazing. The people are warm, caring individuals who love what they do, and it shows. He is very happy at his work and in his apartment and that is mostly due to the staff that support him.
Love this organization and so happy that we found them all those years ago!