Options for College Success

Options for College Success Our mission is to empower neurodivergent young adults and adults in developing the skills, courage, and confidence to succeed academically, work productively and live independently. Options for College Success also supports parents, caregivers, educators, providers and allies through neurodiversity education, trainings, and support gatherings.
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Reminder! Our open house is in just over one week. If you haven’t registered, head to the linktree in our bio to sign up...
10/09/2023

Reminder! Our open house is in just over one week. If you haven’t registered, head to the linktree in our bio to sign up.

During the open house, you’ll have the opportunity to learn all about our services, programs, and groups. You’ll also get to see our beautiful new facilities!

We had an eventful Friday! One of our Social Work Interns, (Chef) Peter, runs our Cooking Group. Today, he worked with o...
10/06/2023

We had an eventful Friday! One of our Social Work Interns, (Chef) Peter, runs our Cooking Group. Today, he worked with our participants to make guacamole-and we devoured it! This delightful GREEN dip was a very fitting choice as today is also International Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, and GREEN is the representative color (see LP's incredible hair)!
Have a wonderful and restful weekend!
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Our new library is OPEN to the public! Read our newsletter for info on how to become a patron of our library!
09/29/2023

Our new library is OPEN to the public! Read our newsletter for info on how to become a patron of our library!

In 2020, our resident librarian Celia, MLIS, began a deep dive into neurodivergence they pursued their own autism diagnosis. The first place they went was their local public libraries (CPL and EPL). They were shocked to find that even in two of the largest library systems in the country, there were....

Our new library is OPEN!Since 2020, our resident librarian has been working hard on building a collection of neurodiverg...
09/29/2023

Our new library is OPEN!

Since 2020, our resident librarian has been working hard on building a collection of neurodivergence-related materials. We are so excited to make this collection available for FREE to the public.

Whether you're a parent, a loved-one, self-diagnosed, neurocurious, or a service provider looking for more information to better serve your neurodivergent clients, we have materials for you.

To become a patron of our library, just go to librarika.com and create a new user account. Then request member access to our library (https://.optionsforcollegesuccess.librarika.com).

Once you've been assigned a member number, you can begin browsing our Neurodivergence & Disability Justice Collection, check out items, or put them on hold! For folks not in the Chicago area, we will also ship books with return envelops.

If you'd like to support our library, please head to our website to DONATE or peruse our collections wish list. With your donations, we can ensure our library services continue to grow and stay free for all.

We are hosting a virtual open house! Whether you've been following us for a while or have just discovered our services, ...
09/21/2023

We are hosting a virtual open house! Whether you've been following us for a while or have just discovered our services, we'd love to tell you more about how we can support you or your loved one transition into community-based adulthood. Come see our beautiful new center, located on the north side of Chicago, and learn how our new space is supporting the work we've been doing for over 10 years.
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Options for College Success is a -led and staffed 501(c)3 that has been serving developmentally disabled young adults in the greater Chicagoland area for over 10 years. Our mission is to support neurodivergent young adults develop the skills, courage, and confidence to succeed academically, work productively, and live independently. We envision an inclusive future where all neurodivergent and disabled adults have accessible opportunities to build autonomous, successful lives. #

Brain Gains is back this October for another round of   exploration! If you're a neurodivergent adult in the Chicago are...
09/19/2023

Brain Gains is back this October for another round of exploration!

If you're a neurodivergent adult in the Chicago area and have been looking for a dedicated space to learn more about your neurodivergence, your unique strengths, and how to integrate them to build a more authentic relationship to yourself and others, Brain Gains is a skills group for you. Developed by and educators and therapists, Brain Gains is a communal learning group that celebrates and uplifts neurodivergent voices and experiences, without shying away from the real-life challenges of navigating a world not designed for us. Over the course of 10 weeks, you will learn all about why our brains experience our senses and our emotions differently, and how we can use that knowledge to assist us in achieving our goals, communicating our wants and needs, and improving our relationships to ourselves and others.

Brain Gains is an +-run and led group, and we work hard to create a safe space for folx of all marginalized identities.

Interested? Info and sign up at: https://forms.gle/LrgVnZdU436sr12X8

Some mischievous imps must've joined our Monday Crafternoon program because these fun pieces have been mysteriously left...
09/19/2023

Some mischievous imps must've joined our Monday Crafternoon program because these fun pieces have been mysteriously left all over our center... That, or some neurodivergent folks got distracted mid-process. 🤔🤣

Calling all caregivers and parents of neurodivergent adults, or neurodivergent caregivers and parents, Options for Colle...
08/30/2023

Calling all caregivers and parents of neurodivergent adults, or neurodivergent caregivers and parents, Options for College Success has support services and workshops specifically for you!
Through our Caregiver and Family Support Services, our licensed clinical social worker and executive director support caregivers in developing a custom plan, including specific strategies, coaching, and counseling, to navigate the unique challenges you face, and the complex systems that are involved. This strengths-based support is intended to help the entire family system and individual caregivers and parents by providing tools and opportunities for you and/or your loved ones to reach their fullest potential.
Email [email protected] to learn more!


https://www.nextavenue.org/when-your-adult-child-learns-they-are-neurodivergent/

Join Us for a Virtual Open House! 🏫 -
05/31/2023

Join Us for a Virtual Open House! 🏫 -

Yup, you read that right! We are moving to a new location, open on July 10th. Our new center boasts more square footage and more equipment for our ILS programming (heyo, new washer and dryer!). Our new center is located just 2 miles south of our present location. We are beyond excited to grow into o...

Thank you Kendra Scott for supporting our organization this weekend as part of your Give-Back program! Just in time  for...
05/05/2023

Thank you Kendra Scott for supporting our organization this weekend as part of your Give-Back program! Just in time for , stop by the Kendra Scott Old Orchard Store before 6pm tonight OR visit kendrascott.com all weekend to shop and use the code GIVEBACK- -DZGDU
20% of the proceeds will be donated to Options!

Brews For Bright Futures was a success! Thank you,  Sketchbook Brewing Company for the venue, beverages, bartending, don...
05/02/2023

Brews For Bright Futures was a success! Thank you, Sketchbook Brewing Company for the venue, beverages, bartending, donation, and coordination! Thank you, Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed for sponsoring our silent auction and raffle, and for your donations! Thank you to Northwestern Neighborhood and Community Relations for sponsoring the event, our first fundraising event since our founding! Thank you to Foodstuffs Events & Catering for the delicious food that fueled our evening!
Thank you, especially, to the board members and fundraising committee who made this possible, and our phenomenal team!

Thank you, Oakton College for hosting the Neurodiversity Panel Event today and inviting our executive director, Samantha...
04/22/2023

Thank you, Oakton College for hosting the Neurodiversity Panel Event today and inviting our executive director, Samantha Kolkey, to be on the panel! It was a wonderful morning and an inspiring start to changing the conversation on disability!

For folks with a taste for the finer things. This  necklace and hoop earrings are both are made from rhodium. The neckla...
04/15/2023

For folks with a taste for the finer things.

This necklace and hoop earrings are both are made from rhodium. The necklace features an iconic drusy* pendant. The earrings are crafted with a quilted filigree finish for added texture. These pieces are extremely versatile, and can be worn for any occasion!

*Drusy is the natural crystallization on a rock surface, and offers a rich sparkling appearance.

You can begin bidding for these items on MONDAY when our silent auction site goes live. Stay tuned for when we drop that link. And if you haven't purchased your tickets to the event, you can do that at the link in our bio. Early bird prices end today, and space is limited.

Happy Sesquicentennial (150 years), Evanston Public Library!"On April 15, 1873, Evanstonians voted to fund a free public...
04/15/2023

Happy Sesquicentennial (150 years), Evanston Public Library!

"On April 15, 1873, Evanstonians voted to fund a free public library.
The vote was unanimous – 337 for, 0 against. Later that summer, the new library board met to receive the assets of the former Evanston Library Association and make them free for the public – all 932 volumes. "

Find out how they are celebrating this historic milestone by visiting https://www.epl.org/150th/

Does your home need a touch of spring? Then this triptych might be for you.These handmade art pieces by Night Owl Design...
04/15/2023

Does your home need a touch of spring? Then this triptych might be for you.

These handmade art pieces by Night Owl Designs by Suzette feature gorgeous white poppies against a sky blue and gold background. And did we mention this painting has *textures*? A sensory dream. 🤩

You can begin bidding on this item April 17th when our silent auction site goes live (no human interaction 👽). We'll announce auction winners at our fundraiser. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, click the link in our bio. Early-bird prices end TOMORROW and space is limited.

Just in time for Earth Day, for our collective-conscious friends!Collective Resource Compost  is a woman-owned business ...
04/13/2023

Just in time for Earth Day, for our collective-conscious friends!

Collective Resource Compost is a woman-owned business based in Evanston. They've been making composting easy since 2010 with their container-swap composting service. Winners of this item will receive a 5-gallon bucket with a lid and a swapout every week or every other week for 3 months, as well as a cute countertop bin.

The kitchen countertop bin is made of lightweight plastic. The lid has many tiny holes that allow the food scraps some airflow. It has a handle and can be hung by two screws in a cabinet if countertop space is at a premium. They recommend lining it with paper to reduce the need to wash it often, though it is dishwasher safe (😍).

You can begin bidding on this item April 17th when our silent auction site goes live (no human interaction, how cool?). We'll announce winners at our fundraiser. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, you can get them at the link in our bio. Early-bird prices end April 15th and space is limited!

What?! TWO tours at ?!  began as the first distillery to open in Chicago since the mid-1800s. Their staff has the perfec...
04/12/2023

What?! TWO tours at ?!

began as the first distillery to open in Chicago since the mid-1800s. Their staff has the perfect blend of history buff, encyclopaedic knowledge about Chicago distilling history, and deep appreciation for FLAVOR. You'll get to experience this in their tasting room, where you can get flights, cocktails, international coffee drinks, or find that perfect pairing. Whether your special interest is Chicago or distilling, you'll want to visit KOVAL.

You can bid on these items April 17th when our auction site goes live. And make sure you have tickets to our fundraiser, where we'll announce auction winners. Early-bird prices end April 15th and space is limited. Link in bio.

Hey Options fam, have you bought tickets to our inaugural fundraiser at Sketchbook Brewery yet? You won't want to miss o...
04/11/2023

Hey Options fam, have you bought tickets to our inaugural fundraiser at Sketchbook Brewery yet? You won't want to miss our silent auction, we've got something for everyone.

Our first featured auction item is a set of four Ravinia tickets for the summer 2023 season. If you'd like to snag these tickets, be sure to bid April 17th when our auction site goes live! (And for those of you looking to avoid human interaction, you do not need to attend the fundraiser to bid on these items 🙃).

If you're planning on joining us at the fundraiser, be sure to buy your tickets in advance! Early-bird prices end April 15th and space is limited. Link in bio.

Brighten Someone's Future May 1st! -
03/15/2023

Brighten Someone's Future May 1st! -

Please join us on Monday May 1, at Sketchbook Brewing Company (4901 Main Street, Skokie IL.) for an evening of fun, games and a Silent Auction with scores of incredible experiences, services, and gifts.

Join us for a night out on MONDAY, MAY 1st at 6pm for an evening of food, drinks, games, a silent auction, and more! We ...
03/03/2023

Join us for a night out on MONDAY, MAY 1st at 6pm for an evening of food, drinks, games, a silent auction, and more!
We are thrilled to host an event that brings you into our mission, vision, and future plans as an organization.
Sketchbook Brewing Company

Join Options for College Success for its inaugural fundraiser to support neurodivergent youth achieving their education and life goals!

Introducing Prof. Jason Arday-Cambridge University's youngest black professor, who is also  ! We believe there is a crit...
02/27/2023

Introducing Prof. Jason Arday-Cambridge University's youngest black professor, who is also !
We believe there is a critical need for more neurodivergent educators, especially in higher education.
We celebrate Prof. Arday's work focused "...primarily on how we can open doors to more people from disadvantaged backgrounds and truly democratise higher education. If we want to make education more inclusive, the best tools we have are solidarity, understanding and love."

Sociologist Prof Jason Arday trained as a PE teacher before turning to academia.

Make an Easy and Necessary Change to Benefit all Businesses and the Work Culture: Stop Hiring Based on Interviews! "When...
02/16/2023

Make an Easy and Necessary Change to Benefit all Businesses and the Work Culture: Stop Hiring Based on Interviews!

"When it comes to hiring, the norm in so many businesses is to rely on personality-based screening and questions in initial interviews as a way to sort through initial applicants. Unfortunately, this approach is often imprecise and unreliable. On one hand, this setup incentivizes applicants to turn on their charm and not be entirely honest; on the other, it stacks the odds against neurodivergent employees who might still be very valuable to your company...To fix this, have your HR department shift to practical tests and training programs to test skills directly and allow candidates to prove they have what you’re looking for. "

Citation: Fast Company article, Leadership Now, 2.10.23

With the new congress session, efforts on the proposed legislation the Better Care Better Jobs Act have been renewed. "T...
02/03/2023

With the new congress session, efforts on the proposed legislation the Better Care Better Jobs Act have been renewed. "This bill would provide states with a permanent 10 percentage point increase in federal Medicaid matching funds for home and community-based services, increasing access to behavioral health care and improving coordination of housing, transportation, and employment supports." Contact your representatives in Washington D.C. to express your support!

As a new Congress gets underway, federal lawmakers are resurrecting efforts to shore up the nation's beleaguered home and community-based services system.

You're Invited to Attend Our Virtual Open House! Learn about our organization, unique approach, services, and talk to pa...
01/16/2023

You're Invited to Attend Our Virtual Open House!
Learn about our organization, unique approach, services, and talk to parents of current participants!- https://mailchi.mp/84617620b708/virtual-open-house

Options for College Success is hosting a virtual open house on Tuesday, February 21st, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM via Zoom.

Looking for social opportunities? Check out our new social programming calendar for Winter/Spring 2023! https://www.opti...
01/15/2023

Looking for social opportunities? Check out our new social programming calendar for Winter/Spring 2023! https://www.optionsforcollegesuccess.org/events

Many of the opportunities are offered in a hybrid format, so you can attend and connect with others even if you are not able to attend in person.

If you are not a current participant, please complete the social program application! https://forms.gle/okmFkhmAJS6TVwHZ9

Make your voice heard! Today is the last day to submit public comments and feedback to the Interagency Autism Coordinati...
01/10/2023

Make your voice heard! Today is the last day to submit public comments and feedback to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). The IACC is looking for public comments on how you think autism research should be conducted.
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From the AANE, "Every year the federal government distributes funds for research on autism. The IACC makes recommendations about where those funds go and what research should be prioritized. The IACC meets several times each year to discuss where these funds should go and how much money different research subjects should get.

Self advocates have the power to influence what kinds of autism research the IACC funds. Right now, research funding on autism still disproportionately focuses on behavioral therapies, biomedical studies, and causation and “prevention.” Research priorities should reflect what the autistic community needs — and before each IACC meeting, we have the opportunity to tell the government what research should be prioritized, and where the gaps in funding are."

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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1607 W. Howard St.
Chicago, IL
60626

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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