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Courses for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Continuing Education is responding to a need in the community for classes designed for young adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. These courses will complement other offerings within College of DuPage. A student does not have to reside in District 502 to attend. Classes can be taken multiple times as new information is introduced.

These courses are designed for 21- to 40-year-old developmentally disabled students who conduct themselves appropriately in a classroom situation and who can independently and safely find their way to classes. (No transportation will be provided.) Classes are limited to 12 students and include Independent Living Skills, Communication Skills, Time Management Skills and Self-Advocacy Skills. For course details and to register, call (630) 942-2208. 

Independent Living Skills

The goal for most young adults is to live as independently as possible and master the skills to do so successfully. Learn how to plan and organize your household through daily scheduling. Health and safety issues will be addressed. Practical skills such as cleaning, shopping, clothing care and hygiene will be covered. The goal is to boost responsibility and confidence.

Monday, Jan. 6 to March 3
3:30-5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-001, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Monday, March 10 to April 28
3:30-5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-002, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Communication Skills

Communication skills include the meaningful exchange of ideas, feelings and information through expressive and receptive communication. Many factors are used to successfully communicate including facial expression, body language, social space, tone and volume of voice. Learn to get your message across and receive what others want to tell you.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 to March 4
3:30-5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-003, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Tuesday, March 11 to April 29
3:30-8 p.m.
LEISR-0070-004, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Time Management Skills

Setting priorities, getting things done in order and organizing your day are skills useful for a productive life. How to structure your day and create a workable routine will be emphasized. Staying organized with a schedule, creating a to-do list and step-by-step daily routine will keep the student on track to learn valuable time management skills.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 to March 5
3:30-5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-005, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Wednesday, March 12 to April 30
3:30-5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-006, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Self-Advocacy Skills

A well-developed sense of self-advocacy can be a great goal for anyone. For those who have heightened sensory sensitivities and poor communication skills, learning these skills in even more important. Learning style differences, environmental challenges or special accommodations increase the need o learn how to make your point in a responsible manner. Learn to confidently assess your own needs and express them in a way that will be received and understood.

Thursday, Jan. 9 to March 6
3:30-5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-007, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Thursday, March 31 to May 1
3:30-5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-008, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn


Contact us!

For more information, contact Danielle Kuglin Seago,

Autismerica is an organization for students with autism and their parents. Each month, Autismerica explores a different aspect of college success for students. There's social time, too, with pool, ping pong, chess, checkers and video games. Parents are also given an opportunity to connect with each other. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month. All are welcome. For more information, contact Michael Duggan at (630) 942-2845 or email You can also follow the organization on their Facebook page:


Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785