PALATINE, Ill. – Little City, a 56 acre facility for people on the autism spectrum, is expanding. Little City was started 50 years ago when several parents with children on the spectrum pitched in to buy farmland. They developed a “Home away from home” with student housing, educational, and vocational programs.
Students at Little City’s Childbridge Center for Education have one-on-one lessons in vocation and life skills, and specially decided walls and rooms to keep the calm. All hallways are curved and painted a dull green with a bright orange hot stripe in the middle. There are also sensory rooms to help calm students down when they get overwhelmed with too much stimuli.
Each student has their own bedroom and each dorm also has a sensory room help with moods. Two out of the six planned residence halls have opened and the school is doing anything they can to raise funds to break ground on the others.
Little City Foundation executive director Shawn Jeffers told ABC 7 that:
“We rely heavily on strong corporate partnerships, volunteerism and of course, donated dollars. We can’t do this without the support of community. Government can’t do it alone. It needs each of us to step up and get involved and help meet the needs of both children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Contributed by Audrey L. Hollingshead.
Source: Hosea Sanders for abc 7 Eyewitness News: Little City offers housing, education for those with autism