Highlighting Mosaic’s Supports for Autism Services

Highlighting Mosaic’s Supports for Autism Services

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Recognizing the unique supports that assist people with autism to excel has guided Mosaic’s Grow Our Own Clinician program to grow from one clinician six years ago to more than 20 today, and to support more than 100 employees to receive their IBCCES Autism Credential.

In-Kind Donations from Rockford Hairdresser Foster Sense of Belonging

In-Kind Donations from Rockford Hairdresser Foster Sense of Belonging

A chance meeting with a former client gave Kayla Speaker, owner of Beautiful Ambitions Salon, the opportunity to make a meaningful difference for dozens of people in need.

At a Discover the Possibilities event at Mosaic in Rockford, Illinois, Speaker learned about some of the financial and other barriers the people Mosaic supports face.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive limited income each month to provide for their basic needs. Most of this income is used to cover their healthcare and living expenses, leaving very little for basic needs like haircuts, toiletries, clothing and more. In Illinois, for example, people are guaranteed $60 per month to cover these types of expenses.

Most states have similar restrictions for what’s called a “personal needs allowance.”

When Speaker heard this, she was shocked.

It’s a Meaningful Life

“Each man’s life touches so many other lives, and when he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” The angel Clarence poses this question to Jimmy Stewart’s iconic George Bailey in the film It’s a Wonderful Life. Without George, so many things would have...

Yul’s Story Comes to Life

Yul Brint didn’t go to high school. Growing up, he never learn to read. It wasn’t until later in his life, when he enrolled in the Failure-Free Reading Program at the Barbara Olson Center of Hope, that he began to study and understand written language. This literacy...

Celebrating Volunteers with Disabilities

Warm, delicious, homemade cinnamon rolls. The anticipation. The smell. The taste. Mmmmmm. This week is a good opportunity to share just a few of the things people served by Mosaic do for others, such as serving homemade cinnamon rolls. That’s what Daniel does as part...