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Giant Steps Illinois Inc.

Serving the Autism Community

aka Giant Steps   |   Lisle, IL   |  www.mygiantsteps.org

Mission

Giant Steps is committed to providing individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and their families, superior educational and therapeutic services focused on improving the quality of daily life from early childhood through adulthood.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Dr. Sylvia Smith

Main address

2500 Cabot Drive

Lisle, IL 60532 USA

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Formerly known as

Autism Training Center at Giant Steps Illinois

EIN

36-4111286

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Autism (G84)

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Programs and results

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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?

Giant Steps Day School

Autism Education: Every student attending the Day School (K-12) at Giant Steps has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to meet their specific needs and goals within four service domains: cognitive learning and awareness, communication abilities, social/emotional development, and motor skills.
-Academic Planning
-Music Therapy
-Occupational Therapy
-Physical Therapy
-Social Work
-Speech and Language Therapy
-Computer-Based Academics
-Applied Behavior Analysis
-Inclusion and Re-Integration
-Vocational Skills
-Life Skills
-Transition Planning
-Community-Based Instruction

STRIDE - Transition Program (18-22 Years) at Giant Steps Day School. The curriculum focuses on Health and Wellness, Social Development, Independent Living Skills, Cooking and Safety Prep, Community Skills, Career Exploration, Personal Development, and Applied Academics. Additionally, we have a vocational and life skill center directly impacting the development of skills for post-secondary life.

Population(s) Served
Students
People with disabilities

The Canopy Adult Program’s goal is to provide a solid academic, vocational, and life skills foundation that will position young adults with autism to successfully enter adulthood prepared and to live happy and fulfilled lives. The core values of CANOPY are Community Engagement, Available Individual Life Plans, INclusive programming, Opportunities for positive social relationships, Purposeful and age-appropriate activities, and Yes to success!

Essential components of programming include:
-Vocational Training
-Life Skills Training
-Therapeutic Riding at Rich Harvest Farms
-Community-Based Instruction
-Continued Academic Instruction

Population(s) Served
Young adults
People with disabilities

Where we work

Financials

Giant Steps Illinois Inc.
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Operations

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Giant Steps Illinois Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Chris Terzich

Middle Market Banking at CIBC

Term: 2023 - 2026

Debra K. Nauman

Nauman Enterprises Inc., DBA Simply Elegant Catering

Lawrence LaVoie

USG Corporation

James Thornton

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Rita Yadava

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Tom Campbell

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Fred Bell

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Chris Lauret

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Beth Ulbrich

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Tim Ellsworth

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Patrick McCartin

Board leadership practices

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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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2023

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/09/2023

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Data
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.