Services & Programs

Ray Graham Association empowers people with disabilities through a wide range of services and programs designed around the needs, desires and goals of each individual we serve. No two people are alike.

Ray Graham Association provides innovative services that are in alignment with the most promising practices. As a result, our programs and services have grown, expanded and evolved over the years. The people we support are empowered to live the highest quality of life possible, which not only benefits them but it also benefits our communities and society as a whole.

Following are brief overviews of our programs and services.

If you’d like more detailed information about any of these programs or services, please contact, Neel Patel, Family Support Administrator, at

Children’s Group Home

For children between the ages of 3 to 21 who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability or mental illness and are placed by and under the supervision of a licensed child welfare agency, this facility provides care for no more than 10 children/young adults.

Our Children’s Group Homes are designed to promote safety, increase independence in daily living, offer opportunities for the development of social relationships, the acquisition of skills for economic self sufficiency and integration into the community.

Respite Voucher Program

This program provides short-term, temporary care for children and adults with developmental disabilities who are living at home.

Since family members tend to also function as primary care givers, our respite care program gives these families a break from the daily demands of caring for the member with a developmental disability.

This “gift of time” can be funded through our In-Home Respite Voucher Program, which reimburses families for the provision of care to persons with developmental disabilities. The trained caregiver is also selected and instructed by the family.

RGA is not currently opening new families in our Respite Voucher Program for FY13. Please visit our website frequently for updates. If you have any respite questions, please direct them to and someone will get back to you within 3 business days.

Sarada D. Planjery Children’s Respite Home

Parents of children and young adults with developmental disabilities deserve rich and fulfilling lives beyond the care of their special children. However, securing quality care for their family members is often challenging.

The Sarada D. Planjery Children’s Respite Home provides temporary, overnight respite care to allow parents the opportunity to enjoy a weekend away, night out on the town, or time alone with family and friends.

Community Learning Centers

Ray Graham Association’s Community Learning Centers (CLCs) are designed to offer people a variety of daily life enrichment options.

Ray Graham Association has six program locations in DuPage County to support people in the communities in which they reside.

More than 400 people receive services in these various locations. A monthly theme topic drives the development of engaging options for people in the following core areas: Language Arts and Communication Enhancement, Health and Fitness, Personal Enrichment, Leisure Education and Recreation, Creative Arts, Community Life Experiences, and Economic Growth Experiences.

Home and Community Based Individualized Support Services

These services are designed to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities choose those services and supports that enhance the quality of their lives within their communities. Optional services include personal support, developmental training, supported employment, adult day care, behavioral and occupational therapy, and transportation.

More about Home Based Services

Residential Services

With more than twenty Ray Graham-owned and trained staffed residences in the community, people with all levels and types of disabilities are provided supported living services.

Residents receive assistance and support in a wide variety of areas, including community access, skills training, personal care assistance, money management and socialization; all aimed at enabling individuals to maximize their own independence and quality of life.

Monarch: Supporting Young Adults with Disabilities to Reach, Grow, and Achieve.

Monarch Academy

This post-transition community based program for young adults with disabilities uses the community as a classroom.

Monarch Academy is designed for those who are eager to learn, enjoy an active schedule and a wide variety of social interaction with peers. It fosters the development of a wide range of meaningful skills that facilitate social relationships, self esteem, employment and recreation.

Two program locations are available in Naperville or Burr Ridge at the Hanson Center’s Gutmer Building.

More about Monarch Academy

Monarch Life Coaching

These customized, feature-focused services are provided on a one-to-one basis in the participant’s home, and are aimed at supporting people wanting to identify and achieve skills and capabilities which will result in increased independence, self esteem and confidence.

Monarch Academy II

Monarch Academy II is geared towards individuals diagnosed under the spectrum of Autism who can benefit from a highly structured and routine curriculum that includes the use of individualized schedules, movement, sensory, and community experiences. Ray Graham Association, in partnership with family members, developed Monarch Academy II due to the growing population of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in need of an adult program that meets their unique needs.

Two program locations are available in Naperville or Burr Ridge at the Hanson Center’s Gutmer Building.

Employment Services

Ray Graham Association’s Community Employment Services provides customized supports that promote the success of people with disabilities in community employment.

Ray Graham Association offers an innovative menu of options so that supports can be tailored to meet each individual’s needs, including vocational evaluation, career counseling, job development, placement, transportation training, job coaching, and includes supporting those who want to start their own small businesses.

Our staff also provides consultation to employers regarding disability awareness, job modifications and the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


The Gateway Special Recreation Association promotes the full participation of people with disabilities in meaningful recreational and cultural activities and sports programs, camps and services that maximize their health, well-being and quality of life.

Formed through an intergovernmental agreement, Gateway is an extension of the park districts of Burr Ridge, Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Pleasant Dale, Westchester and York Center, the City of Countryside and the Villages of Hinsdale and Willowbrook.

More about Gateway

Hanson Center

As one of Ray Graham Association’s seven community learning centers, the Hanson Center offers a range of programs for adults with disabilities and recreational programs for children and adults with and without disabilities.

The 12-acre facility located in Burr Ridge includes a great hall, indoor riding arena and stable, horse pastures, a small animal farm, the Funk Memorial Garden, and an 11,000 square-foot, fully accessible playground.

Some of the Hanson Center programs include:

Therapeutic Horsemanship Program

This program provides an opportunity for children and adults with and without disabilities to experience the enjoyment and therapeutic benefits of horseback riding. The program provides individual and small group lessons led by experienced instructors with the assistance of trained volunteers.