Empowering individuals for a better tomorrow since 1961

aka AID   |   Aurora, IL   |


Since 1961, The Association for Individual Development (AID) has served individuals with developmental, intellectual, physical and/or mental health challenges, those who have suffered a trauma and those at risk. Vital, life-enriching services that promote the highest level of independence and community immersion include: autism programs; permanent supportive housing; in-home support; developmental and vocational training; job placement and on-the-job coaching services; crisis intervention; victims services; mental health treatment; behavioral intervention; health and wellness; community education; and advocacy.

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CEO & President

Frances Baker

Main address

309 New Indian Trail Court

Aurora, IL 60506 USA

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NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Alcohol and Other Drug Case Management

Substance Abuse services for people who struggle with problems caused by drugs and/or alcohol. Specialized treatment is provided for people with both a mental illness and a substance abuse problem.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Case Management:
Assistance with obtaining Medicaid, Social Security and other benefits
Linkage and referral to other community services

Health Services:
Registered nurses provide medication management, medication training, medication monitoring, injection administration, ongoing promotion of wellness, collaboration with physians/doctors, on call nursing services and general health needs assessments.

Registered dietitian nutritionists are available for "Medical Nutrition Therapy" services.

These services include individual nutrition counseling, group education and support for meal planning and meal preparation.

Individual and Group Counseling:
Managing the symptoms of a mental illness
Couples Therapy
Family and Parenting Issues
Managing Emotions
Child and Adolescent Counseling for those with private insurance or Medicaid

Individual Supported Employment:
An evidence-based practice that is the most effective way to help individuals with mental and behavioral health challenges enter or return to the workforce.

The primary focus of the program is to help individuals obtain, maintain and retain competitive employment within the community; positions sought are challenging, meaningful and meet the preferences of the individual. On-the-job training, support and advocacy by AID Employment Specialists is offered to each individual for as long as desired.

Personal Micro-Business Support:
Customized guidance and support offered to any individual currently receiving AID services interested in developing his/her own business. Individuals who wish to capitalize on their talents and abilities to create unique products will work with Employment Specialists to launch personal enterprises.

Individuals will collaborate with other small business owners, receive entrepreneurial training and guidance with money/tax/benefits management.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation:
Groups to help people develop skills they need for daily living and for recovering from a mental illness. Examples of groups include:
Stress Management
Weight Loss and Health Living
Caring for your Emotional Self
Job Skills
Living in the Community
Social Skills

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

Behavioral Health Outpatient Children’s program provides a variety of services for children (ages 5-17) and families in order to support and facilitate recovery for mental illness, trauma, disruptive behavior disorders, family relationship problems, and school issues.

Services include individual therapy, family therapy, parenting education and skill building, group therapy, consultation to schools and other agencies, psychiatric services, and psychological testing.

The goal of counseling services are to increase self-expression and effective communication, reduce symptoms of mental illness, and to improve coping skills thus allowing the child to improve functioning at home and in school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with psychosocial disabilities

The purpose of this program is to help people with a mental illness live more independently in the community. People live in their own apartments with 24 hour staff support. Services include:
Individual and Group Counseling
Case Management
Help with Medications
Assistance in the Community
Skill building - such as budgeting, shopping, cooking, cleaning and laundry
Crisis Resolution
Healthy Living

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

This program is the next step in community independence. People live on their own and receive staff support at least once a week in their home. Services are the same as those in Supervised Living but are not as intensive.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

This program offers in-home support to children with developmental disabilities in order to prevent the child from being placed into more restrictive care. The program is unique in that all services are individually customized to meet the needs of each child and his or her family.

Eligibility: The program serves children under the age of 18 with developmental disabilities who live at home and are at risk of being residentially placed. Families must live in Kane or Kendall counties. Services are available regardless of financial ability.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Client & Family support is responsible for the admissions of all clients entering services in need of programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.

The services offered include: assessment of need, support, advocacy and referral to appropriate AID services, linkage to other community services including entitlements, and assistance to promote independence in the community in the areas of daily living skills, social skills, budgeting, medication management accessing public transportation and scheduling medical appointments.

The criteria for services include:
Individuals with disabilities needing services
At least 18 years of age (exception: School Transition Program)
Residing in our service area
Meet admission criteria of the specific program

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

Employment Specialists assist and provide support for clients with disabilities in developing positive relationships with community employers.

Through Employment Services we provide career planning, job development, job seeking skills, assistance with resume writing, application processes and interviewing skills.

During this past year, we placed 80 individuals in community employment.

Supported Employment: Designed to assist individuals with most significant disabilities to obtain and retain competitive employment in an integrated setting with effective ongoing support services. This program assures that all individuals are paid at least a minimum wage for their work.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities

Walk-in or face-to-face crisis services to help people in distress.
Services Include:
Referral and linkage to community services

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

Structured Therapeutic Adult Recreation Services (STARS) is a Community Day Services program collaboration between AID and Fox Valley Special Recreation Association. STARS (Structured Therapeutic Adult Recreation Services) focuses on active community integration, volunteer work and fitness activities for participants. Supporting almost 100 people per day in five locations, STARS is on the go every day, with participants engaging in activities like bowling, shopping, swimming, taking walks at parks and in community centers, learning cooking skills, and enjoying music classes.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback



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Board of directors
as of 04/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Clifford Klotz

Chuck Miles

Matt Bretz

Dr. Timothy Brown

James Gould

Toni Vaughan

Patrick Flaherty

Wendy Swims

Kelli Sinclair

Seth Wormley

Melinda Tejada

Merritt Walker

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/22/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.