how we can help

Our Services

Lifespan Services at Have Dreams

Have Dreams is a comprehensive, 501(c)(3) nonprofit autism resource center serving individuals across the entire autism spectrum, as well as families and professionals seeking best-practice resources and support.  All services are based on the Structured Teaching method, developed by Division TEACCH at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At their core, our programs stress the development of social, communication and independent living skills. We offer direct services for children, teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), training and consultation for educators and other professionals, and assessment, diagnostic, and support services for families, caregivers and individuals with ASD. Have Dreams staff are highly skilled and trained in best practices. Individuals are enrolled in programs based on an extensive intake session with the individual and their family, conducted by Have Dreams staff.

We have programs for all ages and stages of life and for all abilities across the spectrum. Whether your child is newly diagnosed with autism, looking to connect with peers after school, or a young adult/adult exploring independent living skills and/or career options, we have a program for you.

Note: Some of our programs have ongoing enrollment throughout the year, while others have specific registration sessions that follow our program calendar. For more information about all the programs we offer, click here or contact us at info@havedreams.org.

How We Can Help

Have Dreams is a comprehensive autism resource agency, with programs and services for families, individuals, educators and other professionals, businesses and employers.

Our expertise in autism intervention services include instructional services for preschoolers, children, teens and adults with autism, diagnostic, assessment, best practice autism intervention methods training for parents, employment training for individuals with autism, and on-boarding and follow-on services for employers hiring individuals with autism.

Parents/Caregivers

Have Dreams programs and services can help your family, whether you are facing a first-time diagnosis or your child is approaching a new transition in life.

Adults With Autism

As individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder reach adulthood, Have Dreams can provide the tools needed to be successful – whether in their day-to-day lives, in the classroom, or the in workplace.

Professionals

Have Dreams provides a number of autism –related interactive trainings and workshops for families and professionals across the state of Illinois including one, two and five-day seminars.

Our expertise in autism intervention services include:

  • Instructional services for preschoolers children, teens, and adults with autism

  • Diagnostic, assessment, and best practice autism intervention methods training for educators, other professionals and parents

  • Employment training for individuals with autism

  • On-boarding and follow-on services for employers hiring individuals with autism

How We Can Help

  • Parents and/or caregivers seeking diagnosis for their child with special needs – through administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, the gold standard of assessment for diagnosing autism

  • Individuals with autism – through an array of customized after-school, weekend, and adult employment training and adult life skills programs designed to foster social, communication, independent living, and vocational skills

  • Classroom teachers and other professionals working with or treating individuals with autism – through participation in our autism intervention methods of trainings

  • Business owners or companies who hire workers with autism by providing skilled and extensively trained job candidates who have graduated from our employment training programs.

  • High school student and high school graduates with autism– through transition to employment programs and services