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A Message from Our
President & CEO

 

F. Timothy Muri
President & CEO
Member of Autism Spokesperson Network
Presidents' Council Member

Dear Stakeholders,

What an incredible year!   We continue to provide quality services to our clients, as nearly 30,000 were served during the year ending August 31st, 2012. Thanks to our dedicated staff and Board of Directors, we have worked through the challenges that face many non-profits, particularly in the State of Illinois.  In spite of this, we continue to show an increase in clients served (a 25% increase over the last 5 years!)

Listed below are other highlights from this past year ending August 31st, 2012:

  • Development of Bilingual Parent Group meetings to provide opportunities for Spanish speaking families to access resources.
  • Continued collaboration with St. Ignatius providing our students with opportunities to integrate with non-disabled peers.
  • The Adult Vocational Program received 100% on our annual audit conducted by the Department of Human Services this year.  
  • Harry’s Buttons expanded to the Chicago Adult Vocational Program.  
  • 2,075 new referrals in FY12 for Early Intervention Services.
  • 100% of CFC12 clients evaluated within the 45 day timeline.
  • Windy City Kids successfully graduated 26 children to Kindergarten Schools.
  • Windy City Kids established a job placement worksite with Coyne College for a work study student - 15 hours weekly with the focus on “Literacy for Preschool Children”.
  • Family Support Services provided 272 families with a variety of parent trainings and social activities.
  • Implementation of Rockford’s Special Olympics team. 
  • Grew our Rockford school from 34 students to 46 and stayed at or above projections for the year.
  • CFC#8 had 1,202 new referrals for FY 2012.
  • Added 5 dentists to our ESMC Dental Team which now numbers 23 dental professionals.

With three more phases left to complete our Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research and our plans for continued growth in programs and services, we will continue to press forward.   
As we look to the future, great things are in store for the clients we serve -- from expanding our services for people with autism, growing our Child Development Centers, and enhancing our Head Start Partnerships with community child care providers, we are determined to succeed no matter what our challenges.

With your continued support, we can do all of this and more to continue to improve the lives of the clients we serve.  Our thanks go out to you, our loyal donors and supporters, for your wonderful support.  Since without it, we would not be able to consider helping those in need grow toward independence which is the core of our Mission and Vision.

Sincerely,

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F. Timothy Muri
President & CEO

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