The Employment First Act is modeled on a national movement that believes employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred option when exploring goals and a life path for people with disabilities. Simply put, Employment First means breaking down barriers and supporting people with Intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or mental illness in their desire to obtain jobs and wages in the community. Read more Employment Matters Success Stories
OnPointe provides training and consultation services on evidence-based programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental illness. Many of these evidenced-based programs have been developed in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago through our Community Academic Partnership (CAP). One of these programs, HealthMatters™, is nationally recognized.
NBC 5 Chicago visited the Killian Center April 10th to film a feature on our “TableTop Farmer” project, a program teaching individuals with disabilities to hydroponically grow greens as well as develop their own micro-business. NBC interviewed NorthPointe CEO Dina Donohue-Chase, who explained the importance of giving people with disabilities the opportunity to start their own micro-business. Click here to read more.
Forest and Found graciously offered to display artwork created by NorthPointe ART360 program participants in their store. The display offered Forest and Found shoppers the opportunity to experience the wonderful artwork of NorthPointe’s artists, as well as learn more about our organization and the featured artists. Learn more.