Have Dreams Happenings – September 2018




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Friendship, Fun, and Learning After-School at Have Dreams


after school-happeningsWhether it’s Social Skills classes, Music, Art and Games, Career Launch in our on-site Walgreens Retail Training Center, Wee Dream, Instructional Swim or Teen Club, there’s a variety of friendship-building programs for preschoolers through high school-aged students here at Have Dreams.

Our nationally replicated SCILS program features small class sizes with low student to teacher ratios, and is based on the TEACCH philosophy of Structured Teaching, a best-practice autism intervention program developed by the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill.

Conveniently located in Park Ridge and Evanston, Have Dreams’ SCILS program offers unique opportunities to build new friendships and skills in Have Dreams’ safe and supportive environment

Click on the link below to learn more about our innovative after-school program, SCILS, geared for children and teens on the autism spectrum.  Registration is now open for Have Dreams’ one-of-a-kind Social Skills program, SCILS. Learn more about our SCILS program and registration.



 Last Day of Summer Bar Crawl

bar crawl-happeningsHave Fun, Doing Good!  You’re invited to join our Have Dreams Young Professionals Board and Quarterly Crawl on Saturday, September 22nd at 11am for the Last Day of Summer Bar Crawl benefiting Have Dreams!

The schedule includes four Lincoln Park destinations and chances for attendees to win fantastic prizes including a Cocktail Class from Koval Distillery, Tasting for Six at Lynfred Winery, Tour & Tasting at City Winery, plus gift certificates and more!

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Tin Lizzie
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM: HopCat
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Galway Bay
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Duffy’s

“Quarterly Crawl is a socially conscious initiative founded in 2017.  The goal of Quarterly Crawl is to provide one-of-a-kind social experiences that benefit social causes.”

Tickets for this September 22nd event can be bought online and at the door for $25 and include Last Day of Summer Fanny Packs and Slap Bracelets. All proceeds go to Have Dreams.  To purchase tickets, learn more about the crawl and Quarterly Crawl visit https://www.quarterlycrawl.com/



Support Runners Who Support Autism

team have dreams-happeningsThis year, Team Have Dreams has a full team of 22 runners training with renowned triathlon trainer Jennifer Harrison for the October 6th Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Collectively our Team has raised over $15,500 and is more than halfway to our $25,000 goal!

Visit our Team Have Dreams Crowdrise Fundraising Page to support and learn more about this great group of people running to make dreams come true for individuals with autism!

Join us at the Have Dreams Tent at Mile 14 at the Charity Block Party on Adams Street next to Whitney Young High School to provide moral support and cheer on our dedicated runners on race day.  Contact David Murray at dmurray@havedreams.org to volunteer and join us for this inspirational race! Support Team Have Dreams




Have Dreams Impact

trainings-happeningsDid you know that Have Dreams has trained over 7,000 professionals who work with children with autism throughout Illinois and the Midwest? All Have Dreams trainings are based on the philosophy of Structured Teaching developed at the TEACCH Autism Program.

From one of our training attendees: “Thank you for an amazing day.  The information you provided was useful, practical and easy to understand and apply to my work. You also injected much inspiration into my practice – I went back to my classrooms with a renewed sense of enthusiasm!  Thanks again!






Deirdre King

Coordinator for Life SCILS


What is a typical day for you at Have Dreams?
As the Coordinator for Life SCILS I plan out the day, schedule activities, prep activities, and communicate with parents, job site supervisors, and staff. The program consists of going to job sites, community outings like grocery shopping, fitness at Have Dreams and the YMCA, and social activities like Current Events and Manners Club. We also do a fun social outings like bowling, movies and going out to eat. After Life SCILS is wrapped up for the day I work in our SCILS programs in Park Ridge and Evanston. There really is no “typical day”. Every day is different and I love it!


When and how did you begin your association with Have Dreams?
I’ve been a part of Have Dreams for about 15 years! I started volunteering when I was 12, became a staff member in high school, and I am currently the Life SCILS Coordinator.


What is unique about Have Dreams and makes it a great place to work?
Have Dreams is unique because it provides such individual attention to each participant. I work with a very caring team who take time to make sure that each student is getting the most out of our programs.


Can you share a favorite story or anecdote about Have Dreams and why you have made this your life’s work?

I feel so fortunate to have been involved with Have Dreams for over half my life. I’ve seen so many of our participants make great strides throughout their lives. We have had students in our Life SCILS program who wouldn’t work at all, now diligently working in offsite internships throughout the community. We see their faces light up when they see their friends after a break. Things like making a new recipe or learning a new job skill bring our participants so much pride. They have a lot of fun and work very hard. I’m very lucky to get to play a small role in it all.