By: Madeline Klepec | | Published On: 2019-04-26
April is known as Autism Awareness Month — not just in Naperville but worldwide. Located in Naperville, Little Friends Center for Autism is 河北快3走势图 to three campuses: Krejci Academy, Mansion High School and Bridge High School. Little Friends also has an Adult Day 河北快3走势图 Program and a Community Living 河北快3走势图 Program.
Although April may be dwindling down, Little Friends offers a lot to the community of Naperville all year long.
Little Friends is a great resource and institution in our community for those with special needs. Vice President of Agency Advancement Jason Altenbern says that “Little Friends strives to help each of its clients enjoy the freedom to shape their own lives and make decisions about their own 河北快3走势图s, their friends and how they spend their time.”
The has found that 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Since launching in the 1970s, the Autism Society has made it their goal to “promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.” Little Friends, not just in April, helps benefit those with autism throughout the entire year.
According to , 1 in 40 children in the United States have been parent-reported with ASD. It is that statistic that Little Friends and Altenbern feels is “important to engage our community as a resource that provides critical resources to increasing numbers of children and families.” Little Friends’ Krejci Academy provides children diagnosed with autism 1:1 instruction, group and individual counseling, social skills training and more.
Little Friends is a champion for those with special needs. “It is the mission of Little Friends to empower children and adults with special challenges to live, learn, work and participate in the community,” says Altenbern. “Our Little Friends Center for Autism has a nationally-recognized reputation for excellence and provides cutting-edge comprehensive resources to parents and children.”
Little Friends is no stranger to those residing in the Naperville community. Notably, Little Friends is responsible for ringing in the holiday season in Naperville with the Little Friends Parade of Lights. “The scope and success of this event is the result of collaborations with civic organizations and local businesses,” says Altenbern. He also mentions that the Downtown Naperville Alliance hosts the annual Cookie Walk in Naperville that serves as a fundraiser for Little Friends.
Altenbern feels “very honored and humbled to work with people who are passionate about the work they perform in service to children and adults with autism, as well as individuals with disabilities.” He finds working at Little Friends is rewarding because the school has supported the community of Naperville for about three decades.
Overall, Altenbern is grateful for all the businesses and civic organizations in Naperville who have teamed up with Little Friends over the course of April. Make sure to follow Little Friends on Facebook. Visit their website to learn more about them and get involved with the organization!