Helping People to Develop and Maintain Life Skills
Whether you are seeking a community learning center where daytime activities are driven by what people want despite their ability level, think the community should be a classroom, or want a home-based option such as life coaching to increase self-esteem and skills, we have services to meet your needs.
We help people develop and maintain life skills so they can enjoy a day that is meaningful to them and filled with experiences and opportunities that are based on their interests and passions.
We believe in a person-centered approach – involving those we support and their families in creating a plan that addresses what’s important to them and developing goals based on those priorities and interests. We see life as a team effort and working together as a strength. Partnership is something we value.
Community Learning Centers (CLC)
Community Learning Centers are located throughout DuPage County. Daytime activities are driven by what people want to do and occur at our locations and in the surrounding community. Activities address employment readiness, community exploration, recreation and exercise, leisure activities and volunteering for community-based organizations. Most people attend the CLC closest to their home and transportation may be provided. Services are offered Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.
Life coaching helps identify and maximize skills to increase independence, self-esteem, and confidence. Life coaching services are customized and provided on a one-on-one basis in the home and in the community for a minimum of 16 hours per month. Home-based Services funding may be used to pay for life coaching.
Monarch Academy offers a dynamic and flexible program that utilizes the community as a classroom and fosters the development of meaningful skills that facilitate social relationships, self-esteem, employment and recreation. Services are customized and designed for young adults who are eager to learn and enjoy an active schedule with a wide variety of experiences and social interaction with peers. Monarch Academy operates Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Burr Ridge and Naperville.
Monarch Academy II
Monarch Academy II provides a highly structured and routine curriculum for people on the Autism spectrum that includes the use of individualized schedules, movement, sensory, and community experiences in order to meet the unique needs of each person. All program activities integrate sensory experiences, communication enhancement, social interaction and visual supports. Monarch Academy II operates Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Burr Ridge and Naperville.