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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Mike Briggs

Mike Briggs is the President and CEO of Little Friends. Little Friends empowers clients with autism and other developmental disabilities to thrive in our community. Their groundbreaking programs and nationally-renowned staff provide lifelong opportunities for growth, so their clients can work, learn, play and experience the joy of life’s everyday moments.

Little Friends: Embracing neurodiversity

In mid-November, I attended a conference on Special Education where several speakers presented current topics associated with Autism, Behavior challenges, and other areas pertinent...

Little Friends Activity Center – Dan Casey’s Legacy

On November 2, Little Friends was set to formally celebrate the opening of our new Adult Services facility located at 27545 Diehl Road in...

Little Friends – More new space becomes a reality for Little Friends

In late August, we formally started a new chapter at Little Friends. Our adult programming facility in Downers Grove was moved to 27545 Diehl...

Little Friends – Preparing for connecting adults with communities

For the past several months, Little Friends has been in the process of renovating the new facility that will house our adult programming. With...

Little Friends – Introduction to Medicaid and autism

In March 2023, Drexel University/A.J. Drexel Autism Institute in collaboration with The Policy Impact Project and the Policy, Analytics, and Community Research program published...

Little Friends – Innovation and change

During the month of June, I was fortunate enough to attend a conference sponsored by a national organization called Open Minds. The focus of...

Little Friends – Perspective

The news today tends to be filled with sensationalized video and sound bites that don’t always share good news. As we wind down our...

Little Friends: Trauma support and its impact on people with intellectual disabilities

Every month I try to write about something positive about the people we serve with disabilities, and the work done by so many to...

Little Friends: April is Autism Acceptance Month

In March of 2021, the Autism Society of America officially announced a shift in terminology from Autism Awareness month to Autism Acceptance Month. The...

Little Friends: Community Services for Children & Adults with Intellectual and other types of Developmental Disabilities

It struck me after participating in an update for our legislators with several other providers that some of the information we shared that day...
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