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TotalLink2 Community

1200 Shermer Ave. Suite #109 Northbrook, 60062

Please share your mission. 

We maximize community supports so that young adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities, living in the North Shore, can fully participate in the community where they grew up.

Describe how your organization lives/realizes its mission. 

Our programs use a customized, family-centered and community-development model so that people with IDD are contributing members in their communities. Following is a brief description of the programs: Link2Work: Our staff work with people with IDD, their families and natural supports to create employment opportunities in our communities. Currently 50 people with IDD are working in their local communities in competitive employment positions. We have trained 65 staff from other organizations in the Customized Employment Process. TotalLink continues to provide consultation other nonprofits developing customized employment programs. Link2Play and Learning: Staff work with participants to establish social/recreational activities, learning opportunities and community service. We host 15 activities/events per month with approximately 8 people per activity. We also host the Micro-enterprise Artists Learning Lab and have an enrollment of 12 people who are learning skills to make functional art. Approximately 60 people participated in these activities in FY2016/2017, for a total of 3,228 participant hours. Link2Family Support: We offer Family Consultation to help families address issues related to life transitions on a fee for service bases. Link2Housing: In Spring, 2017, we will begin to provide services to assist families as they navigate the complex systems of housing alternatives and to develop networks of families interested in exploring innovative housing options.