Pioneer Center provides both residential and day programming support specifically created to provide for the needs of children and adults with autism.
Autism Day Services
In 2013, Pioneer Center opened their first Autism Day Program listening to the needs of the community for an adequate and enriching environment for adults with autism that provides a life of well-being, independence and inclusion.
The Autism Day Program focuses on individualized service planning, skill development, education, socialization, community inclusion, therapy/sensory support and volunteering opportunities. With a ratio of 1 staff to 2 clients, 2 programming rooms provide the opportunity for a structured schedule with activities and learning initiatives. Schedules include but are not limited to: individual goals, cooking classes, art classes, exercise and community outings to local grocery stores like Jewel and Walmart, restaurants, farms, and public libraries across the county.
Autism Residential Services
Pioneer Center has 2 group homes located in McHenry County that are supportive to both children and adults.
The formerly known Sage House is a group home located in Cary offers a supervised environment for children with autism to learn life skills to transition into the community. The program serves children ages 6 – 21 in the children’s home and adults 22 – and above in the adult home. Each living environment utilizes therapeutic techniques to assist clients in obtaining their personal highest level of independence. It also provides referrals, resources, and linkage services.