The Mission

The Opportunity Knocks (OK) mission is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities (DD) so they may pursue their educational, occupational and social interests.

The Vision

We envision a community where individuals with DD have an active and supported presence. Our socially interactive programming places consistent emphasis on the value of self-advocacy and community. The goal is to provide opportunities for self-enrichment in the life of the Warrior, in turn, giving the Warrior an Opportunity to enrich the fabric of their community.

Our Guiding Principle

Warriors have unique and exceptional abilities that diversify and strengthen their communities. OK will be guided by the interests of the individual. Our Warriors will be equal architects and their self-advocacy will serve as the foundation of all program development.



Morning Opps YELLOWMorning Opps

Morning Opportunities is a new Opportunity Knock’s program, launched in 2012, providing activities for the students in Oak Park River Forest High School’s TEAM (Transitional Education with Access to the Mainstream) classrooms. ‘Morning Opps,’ as we like to call it, is offered on late arrival Wednesdays throughout the school year when the OPRF faculty and staff participate in professional development training.

Life Shop GREENLife Shop

Presently The Life Shop is in the midst of the pilot phase and is limited to serving 10 participants. In the fall of 2014, we hope to expand the program, serving more individuals. The Life Shop strives to maximize opportunities for the older than 22 adult with developmental disabilities. The pilot is focused on the Warrior in three phases: health & wellness, improving life skills and community integration.

After Opps BLUE copyAfter Opps

After Opps is an after school/after work program that offers social and recreational activities. Opportunity Knocks holds 4 After Opps program seasons (winter, spring, summer and fall) consisting of one 5-week and one following 4-week session. Opportunity Knocks aims to stimulate the interest of various leisurely activities, participation within the community, and the continued engagement of these activities outside of programs.


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Spring Registration Brochure CoverAfter Opps Spring Session 1 Registration Now Available

What does After Opps have in store for the next spring sessions? Fitness, bikes & trikes, health and wellness, arts and crafts, community opportunities, cooking and the popular peer led planning have made it back on the schedule of activities. New to the roster are activities such as ballet and casino night! Click here to download the Spring After Opps Registration Brochure.

IMG_0288The Life Shop Blog

Follow the progress of the Life Shop, Opportunity Knock’s new day program in its pilot phase. From Warrior-planned outings and volunteering in the community to health and wellness activities—you’ll find it here!


Warrior Spotlight: Maddy Gancer

Each session, we will put the spotlight on one of our Warriors who has best exemplified the Warrior 5-Point Code. The five point code is the set of expectations that we have for our Warriors throughout our programs. Those five points are safety, leadership, communication, teamwork, and respect. Click to learn more about what an incredible role model Maddy is!

DSC_0103The Weekly Warrior Blog

This winter session launched the second coming of Warrior blogging. Visit The Weekly Warrior blog to learn about fun happenings at After Opps and about what the Warriors find interesting or important. While given the opportunity to flex their creative muscles, the Warriors are also able to practice planning, organization, editing, internet safety and other essential computing skills. Comments welcomed!


Letter from the Director: Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness Director, Jeni Pierce, and Executive Director, Mike Carmody, report about the different ways Opportunity Knocks participants in all three programs are working to improve their health and well being! This past year marked the addition of at least two new fitness-based events including the Warrior Dash obstacle course and the Chilly Dash run that preceded the Chili Cook Off fundraiser.

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 4.01.43 PMAnnual Report: 2012 – 2013

“Every year seems to move just a bit faster than the last here at The Knocks.” Click to read about the achievements from the 2012 – 2013 year including Peer-Led activities and Community Opportunities projects offered through After Opps, the progress of Morning Opps and the launch of the Life Shop. You may also find OK’s financial summary, a list of donors and partnerships as well.

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On Wednesday in Community Opps, Warriors worked on a window that will be up for auction at next weekend's Gala! Check out some other hot Gala auction items here: us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=9262599894ac0e671d3b956a0&id=a1ec205cc8&e=2314eb0721 #okgala ... See MoreSee Less

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Life Shop Warriors Charlie and Patrick volunteered at the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry this afternoon and bagged cucumbers and potatoes! ... See MoreSee Less

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This week's Life Shop Social Media Warrior/ die-hard Blackhawks fan Charlie O'Connor predicts a 5-0 smackdown in tonight's playoff opener against the Blues!

"Tonight, the Hawks play the Blues. My man Kane is back and the captain Toews is back. Game 1 will be a good one. I’m hoping the Hawks will win. They will win games 1 and 2 in St. Louis then come back home for game 3. Kane, 88, is gonna have a great game. They will win 5-0...shutout! Blues are going down. Blackhawks will be champs!"
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This week's Life Shop Social Media Warrior/ die-hard Blackhawks fan Charlie O'Connor previews the game 1 playoff matchup between Western Conference rivals Chicago…

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In "Around the Town" today, Warriors visited some important places in Opportunity Knocks history. We stopped by Goodcity in Chicago (where OK was launched), Skrine Chops (where we hosted our first fundraisers), and the Forest Park fields where we host the OK Classic! We've come a long way since the early days! ... See MoreSee Less

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On Monday in the After Opps Fear Factor program, Warriors challenged their minds and tastebuds by reaching in mystery boxes and diggin in the dirt' (chocolate pudding and gummy worms). ... See MoreSee Less

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Life Shop Warriors visited the Loyola Center for Fitness to check out more workout equipment this afternoon, as we look to improve our own fitness facility. Thanks for letting us stop by! ... See MoreSee Less

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"This morning, Claire led a bead activity. We made jewelry from paper beads. Then Max taught us about train safety and we walked to the train tracks. I took pictures." Social Media Warrior Charlie ... See MoreSee Less

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