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.
Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham, NRG Energy Plant Manager Michael Monroe, as well as members of their respective staff toured NorthPointe May 4th to learn more about our micro-enterprise programs. Click here to read more.
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.
The City of Waukegan will be hosting their monthly ArtWauk event Saturday, June 16th from 5pm to 9pm in Waukegan’s Arts and Entertainment District. In addition to over 30 venues, activities, and events for attendees to enjoy, NorthPointe Art 360 and Charmed Bead participants will be in attendance selling handcrafted paintings and jewelry. Admission and parking will be free for all. Be part of the conversation by tagging photos and videos with with #artwauk.
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