Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Have Dreams

  • Park Ridge, IL
  • www.havedreams.org

Mission Statement

Have Dreams’ mission is to help individuals with autism learn, function independently and socialize so that they may realize their full potential and develop into contributing members of their communities. Have Dreams offers programs for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder from the age of 16 months through young adulthood. Many families refer to Have Dreams as a “haven of hope” because our extracurricular programs help their child gain important life skills. The support and services we offer help to alleviate the social isolation often experienced by those touched by autism. As a spectrum disorder, autism impacts individuals with great variability from moderate to severe. Have Dreams serves individuals across the autism spectrum, affording priority to those with greater challenges as there are fewer alternative options available to them.

Have Dreams was founded in 1996 by parents and educators seeking to fill a void in the community for children with autism. Autism is a complex, neurological disorder that impacts the functioning of the brain. The existing social, recreational and leisure programs for typically developing children were not designed to meet the widely divergent needs of children with autism. Have Dreams collaborated with advisors from the University of Chicago’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Development Disorder Clinic to develop our innovative programming. At that time, the prevalence of autism was 1 child in every 2,500. Our program served seven children once a week in a park district space over an ice rink. Today, the incidence of autism is 1 in 68 children, and one in 42 boys. Today, Have Dreams serves over 150 children, teens and young adults with autism and their families at our facilities in Park Ridge and in Evanston.

Main Programs

  1. Social, Communication and Independent Living Skills (SCILS) Program
  2. Life SCILS

ruling year

1996

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mrs. Kristina E. Johnsen

Keywords

Self-reported

Autism, autistic spectrum disorder, children, teens young adults, developmentally disabled, youth, workforce training

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EIN

36-4078008

 Number

0516502794

Physical Address

2020 Dempster Street

Evanston, IL 60202

Also Known As

Have (Helping Autistic Voices Emerge) Dreams

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Autism (G84)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Social, Communication and Independent Living Skills (SCILS) Program

Have Dreams’ Social, Communication and Independent Living Skills (SCILS) Program for Individuals with Autism was the first program of its kind in the Midwest. Programs are 1 ½ - 2 hours in duration and are offered on a quarterly basis. Typical children learn intuitively how to communicate, form meaningful relationships and naturally interact with others from infancy through adulthood, while individuals with autism need to be painstakingly taught. Our innovative SCILS programs address autism’s core deficit areas of communication and socialization, and help individuals develop skills to the best of their capability and function at their greatest level of independence.

Category

People/Families with of People with Disabilities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 2

Life SCILS

Have Dreams’ full-day program serves
young adults with autism ages 18 and
older. Enrolled program participants learn
and practice workplace skills on-site at our
Have Dreams Evanston facility and then
implement these skills as interns in
supported job settings at various area
businesses and workplaces through our
Autism at Work Program. The program
offers opportunities to develop vocational
skills, volunteer, engage in health/fitness
and social leisure opportunities, and
develop independent living skills.
Individuals who have developed a strong
foundation through participation in the
SCILS program often make effective
transitions into the Life SCILS program.

Category

People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

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HAVE DREAMS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Have Dreams

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mrs. Kristina E. Johnsen

BIO

Kristina E. Johnsen, M.A. is the Executive Director at Have Dreams, and a founding member of the Board of Directors. She is an autism specialist and a former classroom teacher with extensive experience working with developmentally disabled children. She served as Director of The Leventhal Autism Training and Demonstration Center, Trainer for the Autism Project, trainer for Division TEACCH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and also as a consultant to many schools and agencies.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Steven C Gustafson

Gould & Ratner LLP

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & 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?