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Oak-Leyden Developmental services

Buying, Selling, & Leasing Can Help People with Developmental Disabilities

Oak-Leydon Developmental Services provides services for Chicago adults and children with developmental disabilities that help them live full and happy lives. As a member of Investing In Communities®, this organization can receive funding as a result of any brokered real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, or commercial leases. When more supporters use this platform, at no cost to themselves, before engaging a real estate agent, Oak-Leydon will have more resources to offer programs and training that people with developmental disabilities need to fully participate in society. 

Founded as a school in 1956 in Oak Park, Illinois, Oak-Leydon has always been about community. Just like any disability, developmental disabilities can stand in the way of people’s goals and dreams. That’s why the staff at Oak-Leydon work tirelessly to provide vocational training for their clients, to prepare  them for meaningful and gainful employment. Their programs and services also include the Music Together program, day programs for adults with disabilities, Drop-In Days, and fundraisers like the Oak-Leyden Slam Dunk Challenge and the Heart and Sole Shoe Drive. 

Music Together®

Working with the belief that all children, regardless of their disabilities, are born with a natural competency for music, Music Together® attempts to connect children with their musical propensities. The program is open to newborns through their fifth year.

Drop-in Days

Oak-Leyden’s Drop-in Days are fun events where children of all abilities are invited to come and play together. Students learn valuable, practical lessons about inclusion and diversity by doing crafts and playing games together. Additionally, the Drop-in Days serve as a great way for kids with various disabilities to have fun while practicing social skills. 

Programs for Adults with Disabilities

Oak-Leyden provides several important programs for adults with disabilities, including: 

  • Community Living Services – Oak-Leyden places some clients in family style community living situations designed to guide adults with developmental disabilities toward independence.
  • Lifelong Learning – A wide variety of educational clubs, service learning experiences, and classes are available to Oak-Leyden’s clients, offering valuable life skills on topics such as nutrition and finances. 
  • Supported Employment – Since 1986, this program has connected adults with developmental disabilities with employment opportunities and supported them as they become more financially self-sufficient.

Oak-Leyden Slam Dunk Challenge

For those interested in supporting Oak-Leyden’s work in the community, anyone can participate in the Oak-Leyden Slam Dunk Challenge. Participants upload videos of themselves dunking (not just basketballs, but other creative versions of dunking) on social media and make a donation, raising awareness and funds. 

Heart and Sole Shoe Drive

With their partners at Funds2Orgs, Oak-Leyden runs the Heart and Sole Shoe Drive to raise at least $1,000 by collecting new and gently used shoes.

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Empowers People with Developmental Disabilities

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about people with developmental disabilities can turn v brokered real estate transactions into funding for the Oak-Leyden Developmental Services. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support their mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?


Location: Oak Park, IL

Focus Area: Education, Health and Wellness

Budget: $5 million - $10 million

Want to help this charity with your next real estate transaction?

We respect your privacy and want to make sure you are totally at ease. By submitting, you are sharing your information with us only and we will not share it with or sell it to anyone else. We will contact you by email to get more information about your real estate needs. Then we will provide you with several agents suited to your needs and you may contact them -or not- as you choose. There’s no sales pitch or pressure. It's entirely your choice.


As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Oak-Leyden Developmental Services is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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