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Children's holiday party 2015

Holiday Cheer Around the ‘City’

Every year Little City hosts several holiday parties for its specific program participants and staff. This year was no different. The season kicked off with the Center for Family and Community-Based Services holiday party held Dec. 5 at the Faith United Methodist Church in Dolton, IL. Attendees enjoyed a buffet-style lunch with an opportunity to … read more

Adult Transition Students Assemble Thanksgiving Baskets for Home-Based Families

Over 30 families in Little City’s home-based support program received Thanksgiving food baskets, thanks largely to students from Hoffman Estates High School’s Adult Transition Program South at Higgins Educational Center. The students collected nonperishable food items over the past several weeks and assembled the baskets Nov. 19. The baskets were given to families in Little … read more

Harold Jeffries is a Little City artist whose work will be featured Dec. 5 and 6 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Little City Artwork Travels to Santa Monica Exhibition

The work of four Little City artists will be featured at the “Brain States” exhibition Dec. 5 and 6 at EarthWE Gallery, Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, Calif. The Little City artists whose work will be displayed include Tarik Echols, Joe Flasch, Harold Jeffries and Luke Tauber. “I’ve really been looking forward to this exhibition,” … read more

NeuroTribes Author to Speak in Northfield Dec. 1

Award-winning author Steve Silberman, shown above in a TED talk, is scheduled to speak on “Different, Not Less: NeuroTribes and the Future of Neurodiversity,” at a Family Action Network event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Cornog Auditorium at the Northfield campus of New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd. in Northfield. Silberman won … read more

‘Coping Box’ Promotes Skills for Loss and Other Stressors

When working with anyone following a time of loss, it is important to recognize that everyone copes with things differently. Some may lash out, others may isolate and some may lean on their faith. To process loss in one’s life, individuals need a healthy outlet for their emotions. Identifying effective coping skills can assist in … read more

ChildBridge Center for Education's therapeutic day school at Little City in Palatine

Attention the Difference at Special Education Day School

Transitions are difficult for many students to manage when they arrive at the ChildBridge Center for Education at Little City in Palatine, but through the undivided attention of staff members, they learn to adapt. They change classrooms for different academic instruction, therapy, lunch and gym. Over the course of the day, most students are transitioning … read more

Foster care and adoptions bring two sets of siblings together

Chicagoan Angela Gooden and her sister Annette Dorsey, who have combined forces to allow foster siblings to remain connected, plan to adopt the youth on Friday, the day before National Adoption Day. Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich, who devoted her Sunday column to National Adoption Day, tells the story of the middle-aged sisters and the foster children they intend to adopt. “If … read more

Vermont’s Job Training Program Pays Off

The state of Vermont is reaping the rewards of its new emphasis on preparing individuals with intellectual disabilities for employment, according to a story on “Inclusion Pays Off” published in the Minneapolis StarTribune. Vermont’s residents with intellectual disabilities are twice as likely to land jobs in the community as those with disabilities who live in … read more

Little City Artists Take Part in Exhibition Process

In this Q&A, Frank Tumino, administrator of the Center for the Arts at Little City, explains how he determines which artwork from Little City’s artists will be exhibited and how it is priced for purchase. He also addresses related ethical issues. Q. Can you explain Little City’s philosophy on disclosing an artist’s particular disability alongside … read more

Little City parent launches inclusion worship service

Adults with autism and other developmental disabilities can contribute and should be included in worship services and other activities in the community at large, says Anita Miller, who is the mother of a Little City participant who lives in a community integrated living arrangement, or group home, off campus. Miller, who started an inclusion Shabbat … read more

Former participant sentenced to prison

The former Little City participant who was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a Little City employee in September 2011 has been sentenced to 18 years in prison and an additional three years of parole. The sentencing brings closure to the 4-year-old case. Little City has changed the admissions process since the incident occurred in … read more

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services