Our Place and its Participants Featured in Chicago Magazine
Our Place and its participants are featured in the March 2013 edition of the Chicago Magazine in an article entitled "When Autistic Children are Children No More".
Click here for the Chicago Magazine page with the article
Also, check out the radio report on this article which features Linda Stern, mother of Our Place participant Josh Stern. Click here to listen.
Our Place Parent and Volunteer, Mary Louise Schram, Recognized by New Trier Township
May 2012 -- Congratulations to Mary Louise Schram, who has been awarded the Superior Service to Persons with Disabilities Award by New Trier Township at the 2012 Annual Town Meeting.
Mary Louise has been instrumental in the development of Our Place since its inception, and can always be found in the community helping ensure that our participants are able to enjoy meaningful, productive lives.
Mary Louise is featured in the recent edition of Quintessential New Trier. If you can’t find your copy, here is a link to the online edition:
Our Place Featured on CBS Channel 2 WBBM
April 2012 -- Our Place was featured on CBS Channel 2 WBBM as part of Harry Porterfield’s segment "Someone you should know."
The feature focused on how a group of parents formed to meet a real need in the community. Prior to the creation of Our Place, there were no programs in the area for young adults with developmental disabilities on turning 22 and leaving the school system.
Our Place now serves teens and adults and currently provides services to around 50 participants. Our mission is to support these young adults so they can live meaningful productive lives in their home community.
Jane Gallery, our Board President, was featured in the CBS segment and said “I’m so amazed at the way everybody has come together, parents and staff. This community that we have built within our larger community has made a difference in so many lives. I feel very proud, very grateful.”
Below is the clip embedded from WBBM's website (Note: this may have commercials):
Our Place Featured in Make It Better
February 12, 2012 -- Make It Better, a community magazine for the North Shore, featured volunteer opportunities at Our Place of New Trier.
Our Place Appoints New Executive Director
December 2011 -- Our Place of New Trier Township has appointed its new Executive Director, William Johnson.
“We are excited about this new phase in our development and think that William is the perfect person to help us achieve our goals, as we continue to build this model of community integration for teens and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities,” said Jane Gallery, President of the Board of Directors. For the past three years, Our Place has successfully operated a program that directly and positively impacts teens and adults with developmental disabilities in the northern Chicago suburbs. Programs focus on developing social competencies and social thinking so participants can build and sustain friendships, function appropriately in jobs and volunteer positions and integrate in meaningful ways in their home community.
William has experience in both the corporate and educational sectors having previously worked for Aon Corporation in both London and Chicago, as well as leading a number of education programs in the experiential learning field for local youth service agencies. William said “It is a great privilege to be joining Our Place. I am looking forward to further developing our local relationships so that our participants can continue to flourish in their home community.”
Our Place Featured in the Chicago Tribune!
November 17, 2010 -- The Chicago Tribune published a feature article on Our Place of New Trier Township today! It appeared both online and in the "Chicagoland Extra - North" section of the printed paper.