The COACH Program at the College of DuPage. COACH is a 2-year (4 semesters), cohort program for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. COACH will focus on academics (reading/writing, math, and computer literacy), social and independence skills, and career exploration. COACH has been developed to provide post-transition students with additional educational training aimed at preparing them for meaningful employment. The tuition for COACH is $2,499 per semester.


 Print the application and have the applicant complete it by hand. If the applicant cannot write legibly, a typed application will be accepted. Please submit the completed application along with the following documents:


  1. Formal diagnosis

  2. Most recent IEP

  3. Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a Transition/Vocational Coordinator or teacher


Applications and supporting documentation can be mailed to:

COACH Program, Continuing Education

College of DuPage, SRC 1110

425 Fawell Blvd

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


Alternatively, documents may be scanned and emailed to:


There is an interview component to the application process. Interviews will be conducted in late May and early June, and applicants selected for an interview will meet independently with program staff.


Since this is a pilot, space in the program is limited to 15 seats for the first cohort. We anticipate notifying individuals who are accepted in to the first cohort by mid to late June. Classes will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am – 3 pm beginning the third week in August. Students must be able to navigate campus independently to participate in the program; aides will not be provided.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. We appreciate your interest in this exciting new program at the College of DuPage!


Susan Landers

Program Manager, Youth Academy and Adult Enrichment

Continuing Education

(630) 942-2176


College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd

Glen Ellyn, IL60137

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Parent Support Group

This support group is open to parents, guardians, and families in DuPage County who are caring for an individual with a developmental disability. The group provides an opportunity for parents and guardians to share valuable information, connect with others who have similar concerns, access parent-specific resources and information, and receive much needed support.  

Emergency Preparedness for Caregivers of Individuals with Disabilities



Join us as we hear valuable information from Lisle C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) and the Naperville Police Department.  C.E.R.T will present information on preparing for emergencies with individuals with disabilities.  A representative from the Naperville Police Department will discuss the Fastrack Program (electronic technology to locate missing persons), as well as tips for interacting with police for individuals with communication and other disabilities.  


When: Tuesday May 16th, 2017

Time:   6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where:      DayOne PACT - 750 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL 60532

Subject: Emergency Preparedness


Registration Required. Space is limited. To register call 331-481-4197or email


Creating Circles of Support for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Their Families
Looking for fun, creative experiences and a chance to meet new people?
Community Support Services, Inc., in collaboration with the Brookfield Zoo, is piloting a new creative social experience for teens and young adults between the ages of 15 - 21. Over the course of twelve weeks, participants will be engaged in a variety of art making activities in the fun and social setting of the Brookfield Zoo. 12 week session will culminate with an art exhibition of participants art work within the Brookfield Zoo. Participants will be able to interact with animals; zoo staff and a trained art therapist. They will also enhance social skills, learn about self and others, and discover new forms of self-expression through art techniques. Creativity Club is a fee for service program, $35 per week. Payment plans are available upon request.
Are you interested?
Cassandra Colucy, Community Art Program Manager
1-708-354-4547 ext. 191
Ages 15-21
Intellectual/Developmental Disability
Must be living at home with parents
Not receiving Medicade waiver services (Developmental Training, Day Program, CILA or Home Base Services)
Projected Start Date
Thursday’s: March 2, 2017 –May 21, 2017
Artist Exhibition: May 25, 2017
4:00pm – 5:30 pm
Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo
Entrance: South Gate
8400 West 31st, Brookfield IL 60513

Join the NEXT STEPS training team of DuPage County as we present NEXT STEPS: The Transition Series. Each night will focus on a new topic of planning for a student’s successful transition from high school to adult life.
All 5 workshops will be hosted and presented on
Tuesdays beginning April 4 – May 2, 2017 at
Glenbard South High School
23W200 Butterfield Rd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WORKSHOP 1 – Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Transition: Making it in the Real World. Participants will review the four critical goals of transition, consider practical activities which promote their achievement, and understand the important roles for family members in the planning.
WORKSHOP 2 – Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Transition Plans: Roadmaps to the Future. Participants will learn how transition planning can be incorporated into students' ongoing special education plans to prepare for employment, college and independent living. Choose from “Working Effectively with the School to Develop a Meaningful Plan to Transition to the Workforce" and "Deciding if Transitioning Immediately to College is the Right Plan for My Child".
WORKSHOP 3 – Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Moving On: Life in the Community. As young adults with disabilities leave high school, what opportunities are available for them to lead active and fulfilling lives? Meet in small groups with community service representatives who will provide information about a variety of topics including College of DuPage, independent living, recreation, Pact/PUNS, and caregiver support.
WORKSHOP 4 – Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Preparing for Work While in School Speakers will discuss programs and services that help students with disabilities develop career awareness and employment readiness to become successfully employed while in school and after graduation. Small group sessions will give participants the opportunity to hear about setting up a small business, vocational training and rehabilitation, workplace supports, reasonable accommodations and transportation. Structured day activity programs for those not seeking employment will also be discussed.
WORKSHOP 5 – Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Planning Ahead: Future Finances and Supports Presented by Mary Ann Ehlert, President and Founder of Protected Tomorrows, Inc. Topics will include government benefits, the Able Act, life plans, wills, trusts and guardianship. This interactive seminar will be educational and uplifting, and it will guide participants through developing a foundation for their family’s own, personalized Eight- Step Future Care Plan ™

Registration is required
All 5 workshops are designed to be individual trainings. You may register for one or for all 5 workshops in the series. Register at
Search “Looking for Training”
Click DuPage County on the Map
Find the dates and register for those sessions
Having trouble with on-line registration?
Contact Erin Hoving for assistance at
or via phone at 630.942.6783.