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Little Friends, Inc.

Little Friends, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental, emotional or behavioral disabilities, including autism. Based in Naperville, Illinois, Little Friends serves more than 800 people each year, primarily from the western suburbs of Chicago.

The agency was formed in 1965, and currently operates 14 programs to meet the diverse needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. Our goal is to help people with disabilities fully engage in and be embraced by their community-whether that's at school, at home, or at work.

Programs and services offered by Little Friends include:
  • Early intervention - for infants and toddlers up to 3 years of age who have a developmental delay
  • Alternative Schools - for students age 3 to 21 who have autism or other severe developmental, emotional or behavioral disabilities
  • Family Support - including counseling and in-home respite
  • Vocational Training - for adults with developmental disabilities, either at our sheltered workshop, in our screenprinting business, or at jobs throughout the community
  • Community Living - allowing adults with developmental disabilities to live in their own homes throughout the community, with support based on their individual needs.
In addition, the newly-formed Little Friends Center for Autism offers a wealth of expertise for parents as well as professionals. The Center opened in 2004 and offers:
  • Autism Evaluation Clinic, providing a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation
  • Training for parent groups, professionals and organizations
  • Consultation to help parents or professionals develop programs, modify environments, etc.
  • Visual Training Materials for use in teaching life skills and behavior control
For more information, please visit or call (630) 355-6533.


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