Transition Services

Building Bridges

Building Bridges is an innovative program funded by The Coleman Foundation. Building Bridges assists families and professionals in transitioning students with intellectual/developmental disabilities to the world of adult services. Six non-profit agencies have come together, combining their expertise in serving adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to form this unique partnership. Using a collaborative approach between Clearbrook, Elim Christian Services, Helping Hand Center, PACTT Learning Center, Park Lawn Services and Seguin Services, this program has been formed to serve the needs of students, families and professionals.

The Building Bridges staff understands how challenging it can be to exit the school system and learn to navigate the system of adult services. A manual has been produced (free of charge) to assist families and professionals in transitioning students with intellectual/developmental disabilities to the world of adult services, available through this link:

Building Bridges to the Future Transition Manual

Building Bridges to the Future Transition Manual – SPANISH

What Type of Assistance is Offered?

Assistance with linkages to:

Entry into Developmental Disabilities system

  • Pre-admission Screening Agencies (PAS)
  • Prioritization of Urgency for Need for Services (PUNS)

Financial/Medical Benefits

  • SSI
  • Medicaid

Legal Resources

  • Guardianship
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Power of Attorney
  • Wills

Program Funding

  • Home and Community

Based Waiver Programs

  • Residential Programs
  • Day Programs
  • DORS Programs

Training/Coaching

  • Parent education and support
  • Options for Community Services
  • Self Advocacy

Who is served by Building Bridges?

Students aged 14 through 25 with a intellectual/developmental disability, and their families.

Participating Agencies

Clearbrook
1835 West Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
P: 847-870-7711
F: 847-870-7741
www.clearbrook.org

 

PACTT Learning Center
7101 N. Greenview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
P: 773-338-9102
www.pactt.org
Elim Christian Services
13020 S. Central Ave.
Palos Heights, Il 60463
P: 708-389-0555
F: 708-389-0671
www.elimcs.org

 

Park Lawn Services
5040 W. 111th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
P: 708-425-7377
www.parklawn.com
Helping Hand Center
9649 W. 55th Street
Countryside, IL 60525
P: 708-352-9728
F: 708-352-9728
www.hhcenter.org

 

Seguin Services
3100 South Central Ave.
Cicero, IL 60804
P: 708-863-3803
F: 708-863-3863
www.seguin.org

Contact InformationIf you would like more information about Building Bridges, please contact Michelle Schwartz, Transition Outreach Specialist at 847-385-5354 or mschwartz@clearbrook.org.