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.
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.
You are invited to join us on February 13, 2014 for an Opportunity Knocks open house! Come learn about the Life Shop and After Opps programs, see our space within the River Forest Community Center, ask our staff and directors questions, sample some program activities and more. We look forward to meeting you! Click here for more information.
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.
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 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.