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Community Employment Takes Off with Little City Work Programs

Gustavo P. wants to start his own maintenance service one day. It may only seem like a dream for a person with developmental disabilities, but thanks to Little City, Gus has taken the first steps to make it a reality. Gus is a prime example of the possibilities that Little City’s Employee Development Services program … read more

Little City Star Shines on Stage and in Life

For Lindsey, the whole world is a stage. Lindsey’s love of acting has been a part of her as long as she can remember and she has used that passion to make her dreams become a reality. Lindsey has had the opportunity to play some of her favorite characters thanks to “UPS for DownS” – a … read more

Earth Paint Can Help Your Walls Tell a Story

Every gallon of Earth Paint has a story. And each story has a bit of Little City mixed in. Earth Paint founder, Chris McCarthy, a Little City Junior Board member, has started one of the only businesses of its kind in the country — a paint recycling business that takes unwanted paint, re-engineers it and repackages it … read more

Participants in the LifePath Culinary and Kitchen Arts Program

A Cut Above the Rest

The tablecloth was immaculate. The glass was set on the correct side of the plate. The forks were in perfect order. Jeff Aiken had set a table for a banquet. But he did much more than set a table. He set himself up for new and exciting opportunities as part of the first-ever graduating class … read more

New Countryside Center Building

Little City Expands Adult Services with New Building

  Little City is excited to announce the purchase of a new building that will improve and expand upon the services currently offered at their Countryside Center. The opportunity came to be as the result of the merger with Countryside Association, who had sold their property at the 21154 W. Shirley Road in Palatine to … 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

Controversy Brews Over Canadian Sheltered Workshops

Accessibility in the workplace is getting new attention in Canada, after an individual with disabilities has filed a human rights complaint against the facility where he earns 46 cents an hour performing work in a sheltered workshop, Ontario’s TheStar.com reported. Local government officials appear to be backing the individual filing the complaint. Mike Bradley, the … read more

Cindy Moore Little City's Center for Employment

Meet Cindy Moore

For more than 29 years, Cindy Moore has been working in the mailroom at Motorola Solutions Foundation. Each morning, Cindy leaves her home and takes two buses to travel to Motorola in Schaumburg where she sorts mail and packages—a critical function in the day-to-day operations at Motorola. When speaking to Cindy, you can’t help but … read more

Kevin Mastin Little City's Book Warehouse

Meet Kevin Mastin, devoted employee at Little City’s Book Warehouse

Kevin Mastin works in the Book Warehouse on Little City’s 56-acre, therapeutic campus in Palatine. Kevin’s job responsibilities include helping with book pick-ups, unloading the van, organizing and packaging books, making boxes and emptying the garbage. “I like having the opportunity to work—it’s fun,” commented Kevin. Vince Williams, Little City’s Warehouse Supervisor, likes having the … 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