Cooking, shopping, and exercise are routine for many people. For people with disabilities, accomplishing these everyday moments can be a source of independence, comfort, and pride. Ray Graham Association provides daytime activities for people with disabilities, classes for folks with similar interests, as well as life coaching. Through partnerships with Meals on Wheels, Operation Support Our Troops, and similar organizations, the people we serve are civic leaders themselves. They volunteer over 3,000 hours a year, delivering meals to their homebound neighbors, offering encouragement to the women and men in the armed forces, among many other activities.
Community Learning Centers
Ray Graham Association operates four Community Learning Centers (CLCs) throughout DuPage County. These centers offer activities that explore employment readiness, community integration, recreation, exercise, leisure, and volunteering for local and national charities. Most people attend the CLC closest to their home. Transportation may be available for people who qualify. CLCs are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Life coaches identify and build on skills that help people live more independent lives. These services are customized for each individual and offered one-on-one either at home and in the community. If this sounds like a good fit for you or your loved one, you can use home-based services funding for life coaching.
Monarch Academy is a flexible program that uses the community as a classroom. Fostering the development of social skills, attendees spend their days practicing skills that boost self-esteem and prepare people for jobs. Ray Graham team members collaborate with the young adults who attend to fill the schedule with a wide variety of experiences and social outings. Monarch Academies Burr Ridge, Naperville, and Western Springs operate on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monarch Academy II
Monarch Academy II provides a highly structured and routine curriculum for people on the Autism spectrum, including individualized schedules, movement, sensory, and community experiences. Ray Graham Association team members integrate sensory experiences, communication enhancement, social interaction, and visual support to meet each person’s individual needs. Monarch Academy II is available on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Burr Ridge and Naperville.