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Who do we serve?
We serve anyone who has a developmental disability, in need of active treatment, and who is appropriate for our programs as determined through Access Services and our referral system.

Do we serve children?
No, we do work with the school district and provide services through our School Transition program. For more information, contact Kelley Peterson at (815)964-9275 ext. 250.

What is a developmental disability?
Generally explained, a developmental disability is any mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments (such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, etc.); is manifested before the age of 22; results in substantial functional limitation in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:

  1. Capacity for independent living
  2. Economic self-sufficiency
  3. Self-care and/or self-direction
  4. Receptive and expressive language
  5. Learning
  6. Mobility

(Adapted from: Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000)

Do we offer residential services?
No, the Center of Hope provides developmental training, which includes Community Employment Services and Volunteer Opportunities.

Do we serve individuals with behavior issues or medical problems?
Yes, we do. We have a fully staffed nursing department, and our direct care staff are fully trained in First Aid, CPR and behavior management.

What are hours of operation?
The Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. We are open year round, although we do closely follow the school district schedule as far as holidays go. We also have 4 days a year that are closed to participants for staff in-service days for scheduled days off.

Do you have more questions that were not answered here?
Please contact Carm Herman at cherman@b-olsoncenterofhope.org.