what's new at voc?

Renovations are underway on our new Voc West Center in River Forest! If you'd like to help us with the finishing touches, and purchase something for the new space, please see our Amazon Wishlist (HERE). 

The view from our large common area, looking toward one of our classrooms (with windows to peek through from one space to another)

The view from our large common area, looking toward one of our classrooms (with windows to peek through from one space to another)

They may not look like much, but these rolls of flooring are made of recycled tires - which means they can withstand all our jumping and bouncing.

They may not look like much, but these rolls of flooring are made of recycled tires - which means they can withstand all our jumping and bouncing.

The kitchenette, in progress

The kitchenette, in progress

The view into both classroom spaces

The view into both classroom spaces

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Voc West participants recently enjoyed a trip to the Shedd Aquarium.

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Splish, Splash, we're having a blast at the beach!


More outdoor adventures with Voc North, at Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie: 


Our Voc North adults have been enjoying the unusually warm weather - at Indian Boundary and Maggie Daley parks.


Adventures at the Field Museum!


It's pumpkin-carving time at Voc North!


Voc North - in search of the perfect pumpkin!


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Our Voc team leads take a break from the Oak Park / River Forest HS Options fair, to smile for the camera. The Options fair provides students with disabilities a chance to learn more about post-school opportunities - including PACTT's adult program.


Voc North cooked up a sensory dough recipe, with just a few ingredients - and a LOT of stickiness!


Our Voc North spaces are ready for the new year - with a deep clean and fresh coat of paint. Now all we need are our participants!


Voc North enjoyed an excursion to Indian Boundary Park:


Fun at the Zoo!

Fun at the Zoo!


Voc North takes a break in the school yard ...


PACTT's Voc North program explored the Smart Museum of Art on the campus of University of Chicago:


More Voc North sensory exploration -- this time, with foam dough:


Voc North participants got their hands dirty, making fake snow:


Voc West participants and staff enjoyed their holiday celebration, before they headed off to winter break:

eligibility requirements

The following criteria are considered for participation in PACTT's adult vocational program:

  • Participant must be 18 years old or older
  • Have a primary diagnosis of Autism
  • The ISP team recommends placement into program.
  • Must be currently working or volunteering in the community or capable of doing so in the near future with a job coach.
  • Must be able to engage safely in the community with supervision of no more than 2 participants to 1 staff ratio.
  • Must be able to complete basic self-care w/minimal assistance. (i.e. feeding, toileting)
  • The participant is able to engage in independent leisure skill for 15-20 minutes.
  • The participant is able to do some economic self- sufficiency. (i.e. sense that money has some value in exchange for work or goods purchased.) Also willing to carry a wallet.
  • Not take medication during hours of operation. (Unable to pass medication at program as mandated by Rule 116.)