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Aspire of Illinois – Services & Support for Developmental Disabilities
From infants to seniors, Aspire serves people with disabilities across their lifetimes. We offer a comprehensive array of support for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our name – Aspire – best sums up our approach. We help our participants and their families to aspire to a world of possibilities.
Aspire is one of the largest human service nonprofits in west suburban Chicago. We assist more than 1,000 children, adults and families each year with services focused on achieving potential and independence. Aspire is recognized throughout Illinois for our dedicated team of 250 staff who provide personalized services at 22 locations in the western suburbs. We help infants and toddlers begin life with as many abilities as possible and encourage adults with developmental disabilities to participate as fully as possible in community life.
In 1960, ten families of children with developmental disabilities gathered in the basement of St. Domitilla Church in Hillside, Illinois, and started talking about their experiences and shared their challenges. These families knew that their children had untapped potential and could flourish if they only had the proper support. They identified the strong need for lifelong services that would help their children realize their unique potential and live as independently as possible. They knew firsthand that in order to achieve, their child needed to dream. These ten families founded what is now Aspire. Our thoughts are never far away from our founders, and their pioneering spirit lives on today.
Aspire Children’s Services provides family-centered early intervention and specialized services for children with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families. We assist children with special needs in reaching their unique potential. Such
needs include autism spectrum disorders, apraxia, cerebral palsy, chromosomal abnormalities and disorders, Down syndrome, feeding disorders, motor coordination disorders, physical disabilities, sensory integration issues and speech and language disorders.