Pictured above with Cheryl Burton: Donta Jones was the winner of the Apple Watch generously donated by Aetna for having the most social media likes on his event check-in Facebook post. Donta is a participant of our Self-Advocacy Program for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He also competes in five sports on Ada S. [...]
Ada S. McKinley's Thomas Cochrane was recently featured by Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance as part of their Self-Advocacy Spotlight. Thomas is a participant of our Vocational Voices Self-Advocacy Program for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He also competes on our Special Olympics basketball, bowling and football teams. As part of the spotlight, Thomas interviewed some [...]
Beta Alpha Psi, an international honors organization for accounting and finance students, visited our Roseland Child Care Center for a day of volunteering sponsored by KPMG. Staff and children from our Ersula Howard, Maggie Drummond and Trumbull Park centers visited Roseland for the day to participate. The children enjoyed an afternoon of fun and learning [...]
Our Employment & Community Day Services team is incorporating “giving back” into their outings. People we serve with developmental and intellectual disabilities prepared hygiene kits for distribution to those in need. They recently visited a homeless shelter where they donated the kits and shared information about the services offered by Ada S. McKinley.
In celebration of 100 years of service, Ada S. McKinley awarded 100 trunks to 100 college-bound students through its Revie Sorey Trunk Scholarships. Each trunk was filled with the living and learning essentials first-year students need to get settled in their dorm rooms and begin their college journey. In addition to the Trunk Scholarships, Ada [...]
Our Vocational Services team started their Summer Gardening Program. People we serve with developmental and intellectual disabilities are growing vegetables, herbs, and exotic flowers. The Summer Gardening Program is one of many offered through our Employment & Community Support Services programming to encourage independence and healthy living.
Staff across programs and locations are paying tribute to our founder, Ada Sophia McKinley, by celebrating her June 26th birthday through agency-wide activities that include: a ceremony at her grave site; spirit competitions and trivia games; birthday parties; live performances; raffles; giveaways; and recognition awards for long-serving employees. #Ada100
Congratulations to our little learners on entering the next chapter of their educational journey. Students and their families celebrated at the South Shore Cultural Center during our Early Learning Transition Ceremony honoring children transitioning from Pre-K to Kindergarten. #Ada100
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Backyard Barbeque and Community Open House celebrating 100 years of changing lives. Attended by Ada board members, staff, alumni and friends, the festivities included family fun, games, prizes, plenty of food, and tours of our Davis House location serving people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Entertainment [...]
Our Educational Services team hosted From the Classroom to the Boardroom, an MVP Luncheon celebrating their most valued participants. The male high school students selected for this elite group have worked through adverse social and economic barriers to pursue their academic goals. Several young men had an opportunity to have lunch and conversation with our [...]