The Turning Pointe Autism Foundation opened its North Naperville Community Campus on April 12, 2012 with the start of its Career Development Program for individuals impacted by autism, a time when public officials such as Congressman Judy Biggert and other invited guests were given a chance to listen and learn during a tour of the new campus. Located in the former Naperville Sun building located at 1500 West Ogden Avenue, the campus is set up to provide real life experiences to young adults.
Career Development Program
The Career Development Program offers customized career and life skills education for adults striving for independence. Partnering with Fortune 1000 companies, such as OfficeMax and Walgreens, this Program also provides internship opportunities in supported environments to accelerate success in employment. The goal of the Career Development Program is to provide individuals with the skills, tools and resources needed to be well-trained employees with an increased opportunity to sustain gainful employment and an independent life
In just four short months, students are finding success. Two students have been hired. One student has accepted a position in retail and began working as a part-time associate for OfficeMax in Naperville while the other was also hired by OfficeMax and will begin working this month. With more students currently being evaluated for admission in the Career Development Program, the future is looking bright.
Turning Pointe’s mission is to guide individuals and families as they navigate through the lifelong impact of autism. Turning Pointe’s programs and initiatives include family and home support, career development and the Turning Pointe Autism School. All programs serve families from the Chicago Metropolitan area. Turning Pointe continues to seek support and bring in more corporate partners in effort to expand the programs and make a significant impact in the autism community.
In April, actor Mike Starr from Good Fellas, pictured far right in photo below, lent his support to the mission during grand opening remarks, also presented by Executive Director Walter Johnson and Turning Pointe founder Randy Wolf.
Turning Pointe Annual Gala is Sept. 22
The Turning Pointe Annual Gala will be held beginning at 6PM on Sat., Sept. 22, at the Marriott Chicago Naperville, 1801 N. Naper Boulevard. The Chicago 1920’s style event will include music, dancing, games, awards and auction.
For more information about the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, visit www.turningpointeaf.org or call (630) 570-7948.