Programs for Adults with AutismHave Dreams Academy enrollment is now open March 2018


Employment Programs

Have Dreams employment programs have the goal of helping adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) land meaningful employment – and we have succeeded.  All of the participants in our vocational programs participate in internships and 90% of our program graduates secured competitive, inclusive employment upon completion of their internship. In addition to allowing graduates to help support themselves, we expect these first jobs to open opportunities to begin to build a career.  Most importantly, they embed the graduates in the community, increase their self-sufficiency, provide a meaningful sense of achievement, and build lasting relationshipsFor more information about our adult employment programs, contact

Click here for a flyer (PDF):

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Have Dreams Academy

Have Dreams Academy Participant at Practice Job Interview at Trustmark

Competitive, inclusive employment opportunities are currently available for individuals with autism 18 years and older who complete an on-the-job workforce training program with the Chicago-area Have Dreams agency. Enrolled participants will enhance their social and communication skills, gain work experience and learn transferable job skills through intensive training, job coaching and real workplace internships.  Interns will:

  • Learn transferable job-skills and gain work experience
  • Improve self-management strategies
  • Enhance their social and communication skills
  • Discern and develop career interest

Enrollment for our next session is now open, click here to download the flyer: Have Dreams Academy Recruitment Flyer

This innovative program was made possible in part with a grant from The Coleman Foundation.

Career Launch: Your First Job

Register Now for Summer After-School SCILS, Career Launch, and Have Dreams Academy Programs!

Career Launch: Your First Job offers high school students a simulated  work experience that provides a bridge between school and “first time” employment. This course offers students a unique  experience in a simulated retail environment, in our on-site Walgreens, with actual work assignments, a job supervisor, accountability for standards, and daily feedback on key success indicators. 

Program Details

  • Evanston Location:  2020 Dempster Street
  • Tuesday & Thursday; 4:00-5:30 p.m.


Life SCILS Program

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Life SCILS (Social, Communication, and Independent Living Skills) Program

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Have Dreams’ Life SCILS program is a community-based program that serves young adults with autism post-high school. The program is a balance of volunteer commitments and internships, fitness at the YMCA, and community engagement. These experiences focus on increasing independence, communication and social skills with peers in an inclusive community. Have Dream’s Life SCILS Program is based upon over 20 years of nationally recognized autism expertise and is designed to continue to build upon the accomplishments the participants have achieved. Our goal is for our Life SCILS participants to enjoy the abundant and varied experiences our community has to offer. We understand that this may be overwhelming for some individuals with ASD and can provide a resource list of other programs if needed.

Life SCILS Candidate Criteria*:

* Openings for candidates requiring 1:1 supervision is limited. At this time, we have a wait list.

*Each potential candidate must complete a formal intake process to determine program eligibility.

  • Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Demonstrates appropriate self-regulation skills (i.e., no physical aggression towards self or others)
  • Have independent daily living skills (i.e., independent in bathroom, independent meal routines)
  • Daily health needs do not require medical assistance from staff (students must be able to self-administer medication)
  • Able to be successful with a staff to student ratio of 1:5 (1:1 staff assistance is not available)
  • Appropriately groomed for community inclusion, internships, and volunteer experiences

Life SCILS is located at our Evanston location, Monday-Friday, from 9:30am-3:00pm. If you are interested in beginning the registration process, please download the Life SCILS Policy Form below. Once complete, forms may be mailed to Andrea Franckowiak or emailed to Have Dreams is located at 2020 Dempster, Evanston, IL, 60202.If there is a waitlist for the program, your name will be placed on our Interest List and you will be notified.

A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $50 must be received with your inquiry form. When a slot opens up, we will draw from the waitlist and you will be contacted. Click here to download the Life SCILS Policy Form:

word-document-150594_960_720  Life SCILS Policy Form (new as of 5/30/17)               (Editable Word Document)

pdf graphic  Life SCILS Policy Form (new as of 5/30/17)