Autism Center Opening Announcement

El Valor is proud to announce the opening of its Autism Center on September 28, 2015, thanks to generous support from the Comcast Foundation. El Valor is a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 1973 that strives for a community in which all members, including individuals with special needs, can live, learn, and work. The Autism Center, located in the El Valor Technology Center in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, is filling a growing need for quality day programming for young adults and adults with autism.


Autism is a disability that impacts the brain’s development, affecting areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive functions. Today, one in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed. Schools and other organizations are learning to adapt, but after high school, many children with autism have limited options for continuing their education, improving skills, and spending time in a constructive, meaningful way.


The Autism Center will feature structured programming designed with young adults with autism and adults with autism in mind. Technology such as iPads will provide stimulating entertainment and learning opportunities. Open from 9-3 Monday through Friday, the Autism Center will provide parents, caregivers, and other guardians with a safe, specialized option for their family members during weekdays. Staffed with counselors, the Center will start small as needs of individuals are assessed and welcome additional participants in the future.

For more information about El Valor’s Autism Center, contact Jon Emory, Director of Adult Programs, at 312.666.4511 or