The Illinois Center for Autism believes each individual is unique and defined by possibilities and not limitations. Individuals have the right to education, training and/or services specifically designed to meet his/her needs in the least restrictive environment.
Illinois Governor’s Award
Community Services Award from AFL-CIO
A BRIEF HISTORY.
Over the course of more than four decades the Illinois Center for Autism has broken down barriers of perception of what those with autism spectrum disorder are capable of. We have paved the pathways for other organizations to provide similar possibilities and have been instrumental in developing legislation for equal opportunities; while supporting and successfully applying the original groundwork for employment for those with some of the most challenging behaviors and disabilities. Placing our students, clients and their families always at the center of every decision and direction, we commit to continue to chart new courses, engage new ideals and technologies, always pushing forward with a renewed promise of insuring all we serve are obtaining their highest level of independence and joy.
The Illinois Center for Autism (ICA) established a Children’s Special Day School Program.
ICA was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
ICA received funding to initiate a Client & Family Support Program.
ICA built the first wing of the current Carol A. Madison Campus.
ICA received funding to initiate day training program for adult clients.
ICA added the second wing to the currentCarol A. Madison Campus to accommodate the growing programs.
With the support of the Department of Rehabilitation and the St. Clair County 708 Mental Health Board, ICA developed a transitional services program for students 14 and older.
ICA opens “Pasta Fare,” gourmet Italian take-out eatery as part of their adult services.
ICA entered into its first partnership with a public school and began our satellite classroom program.
ICA hosted an International Symposium on Autism with 17 renowned leaders of autism presented.
ICA takes a new approach and has students change classrooms throughout the day. This policy continues.
Implemented Picture Based Communication System with students.
Petals Remembered is opened to give clients vocational training.
Began community outreach training.
ICA established a Social Skills training program for individuals with Higher Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorders and ADHD.
ICA began the Social Advocacy Club “Face to Face” for individuals ages 18-34.
ICA began the Social Advocacy Club “WeConnect” for individuals ages 14-17
ICA celebrates 35 years of education and service to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Pasta Fare Restaurant celebrates 20 years of service to the Fairview Heights community.
ICA purchased a second location in Belleville which houses our Elementary school and our Adult Services Program.
Through various grants and volunteers, updates were made to our playground at our Belleville campus and a more secure fence was installed around the playground area.
Adult Services moved into the upper level space at the Belleville Campus.
Every student in our Special Day School Program MAIN CAMPUSES now receives, at no cost to the families, a breakfast and a lunch daily. These meals are prepared and served by Pasta Fare, an enterprise of the Illinois Center for Autism, where many of the adults in our program our employed.
The adult social club Face to Face has seen a 34% growth over the last year.
Adult Services received approval for Developmental Training.
Fairview Heights Illinois Campus renamed after Founder Carol A. Madison
30-year veteran and Executive Director, Susan Szekely retires & Troy Metheney accepts Executive Director position.
Practical Assessment and Exploration System (PAES) Lab created, curriculum purchased.
PAES lab utilization has begun, giving staff (employers) the opportunity to assess student interest and aptitude in a variety of areas of industry.