Connecting people with autism to the community
In celebration of PACTT's 20th year, PACTT team members and parents reflect on the growth of the agency, and our continued commitment to serve individuals with severe autism and their families.
PACTT's therapeutic day school can serve up to 30 students, ages 3-21. The school maintains a student-teacher ratio of 2 to 1, small class sizes and individualized teaching techniques. Curriculum elements include functional academics, independent living and pre-vocational skills, as well as a strong focus on communication and social interaction.
PACTT operates two children's group homes, in Oak Park and Elmwood Park, IL. Each home provides 24-hour care for six children with autism. Residents practice self-care, independent living, and social interaction skills. PACTT's CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement), a group home for eight young adults with autism, is located in Rogers Park. With the support of PACTT Vocational Services, CILA residents are able to work in the community.
PACTT's Vocational Program helps prepare teenagers and young adults with autism for meaningful volunteer and employment positions in the community. The PACTT Transition Program serves individuals ages 18-21 in an ISBE-approved educational program. The Adult Vocational Program provides post-school opportunities, including community involvement, vocational training and placement, and social and communication skill enrichment.
PACTT's Consulting and Outreach division offers individual student consultation, classroom observation, and staff training opportunities for families, schools and districts.