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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 3 to 12 students. For course details and to register, call (630) 942-2208. 


Networking is a course designed to help participants understand the benefits of networking and how they can make connections. Also included are ways to nurture and grow a network and networking etiquette. Learn to network with others by learning the theory and putting it into practice.

Session 1

Monday, Jan. 26 to March 16, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-001, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Session 2

Monday, March 30 to May 18, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-002, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

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.

Session 1

Tuesday, Jan. 27 to March 17, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-003, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1125

Session 2

Tuesday, March 31 to May 19, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-004, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1125

Fitness and Nutrition

This course focuses on helping people understand and learn ways to move toward a state of optimal health. Through various formats, this course encourages students to engage in physical activity to build muscle and increase flexibility.  Information on good nutrition to improve diets is included.

Session 1

Wednesday, Jan. 28 to March 18, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-005, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Session 2

Wednesday, April 1 to May 20, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-006, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

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 is even more important. Learning style differences, environmental challenges or special accommodations increase the need to make your point in a responsible manner. Learn to confidently assess your needs and express them in a way that will be received and understood.

Session 1

Thursday, Jan. 29 to March 19, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-007, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Session 2

Thursday, April 2 to May 21, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
LEISR-0070-008, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128


Contact us!

For more information, contact Danielle Kuglin Seago,

Partner Organization

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