Giant Steps

Program Details


Participant Support:

Canopy is structured to support a 4:1 participant to staff ratio. Understanding the complex needs of individuals with autism, and knowing that each day can look different, Canopy is unique in its flexibility for coverage:

  • Ability to have more support when participants require
  • Ability to have less staff presence when individuals are able to demonstrate increased independence
  • Ongoing assessment with consultation of family and caregiver input
  • Each participant has two focus areas (goals) for the each program year that are focused on through activities and individualized supports

Calendar, Cost, and Transportation:

  • Canopy runs a Program Year that starts in mid-August through the end of July
  • There is rolling admission throughout the year for new participants as we have openings in our program
  • Canopy is a private pay program at the cost of $90 per day
  • Participants may attend 1 - 5 days per week
  • The day runs from 9:30 - 2:30, Monday through Friday
  • Participants may utilize our Caravan service with drop off and pick up in Lisle for a one time additional fee, space and ridership qualifications, pending
  • Most often participants are dropped off and picked up directly at the Canopy program by parents, caregivers, or PACE services

Community Involvement:

One of our primary goals is to provide the opportunity for Canopy participants to engage with the local community. We believe that having a connection to the businesses and organizations in the local area is an important opportunity for our participants as well as for the members of the community.

     Ways in which Canopy participants engage in the community:

  • Vocational skills practice volunteering at a nearby food pantry
  • Life skills development through weekly shopping outings
  • Participation in a structured Cooking group at a local church
  • Increasing physical health program by utilizing fitness equipment at our local community college
  • Engagement in riding skills and grooming techniques with Christine's Dream