Adults with disabilities deserve more than just a safe place to interact with peers. OE is committed to providing the most engaging and specialized day programming available to the people we serve. More than 350 adults enjoy curriculum components each week such as art, cooking, music, reading, science, and technology all designed to increase self-sufficiency, enrich the quality of their lives, and help men and women with disabilities reach their fullest potential.
Thank you to our 2021 Pillars of Potential:
BMO Harris Bank
Dr. Mann and Phyllis Spitler
Gagan Family Foundation
Kotys Wealth Professionals
Thomas and Susan Grimes
William and Jennie Finik
Curriculum-Based Day Programs
Opportunity Enterprises' curriculum day programs aim to provide an environment for adults with disabilities to actively learn and engage in meaningful, education activities. These instructive activities teach the men and women we serve increased communication, socialization skills, and independence, which leads to reaching one's fullest potential.
Art teaches skills in a wide variety of art mediums. Includes lessons on specific artists. Basic skills are taught and built upon with successive projects.
Cooking teaches basic cooking tasks to increase self-sufficiency. Nutrition and making healthy food choices are top priorities.
Manipulatives utilize color, texture, weight, and size focusing on fine fine and gross motor skills, dexterity, recognition, and matching.
Music explores the many genres of music. Rhythm, movement, singing, and playing instruments introduces a variety of artists, music styles, and provides creative outlets.
Reading explores interactive activities such as reading and writing, choosing a book, discussing, expressing opinions of short passages, and storytelling.
Science examines scientific concepts through hands on experimentation to teach and connect science to real life experiences.
Technology utilizes computers and tablets to help clients develop fine motor skills, cognitive and reasoning skills, and auditory processing. Learning the ins and outs of technology also fosters independence and enables access to the outside world.
Explore. Experience. Educate.
Your Gift Makes a Life-Changing Impact
What your gift does:
Improves personal cognition, communication, and socialization
Encourages personal growth and development
Provides an adult with disabilities a safe and engaging educational environment
Maximizes self-sufficiency and enhances quality of life
Helps families feel hope for their loved one's future
Outcomes and Impact:
1,500 lessons taught each year
3,544 hours of learning each year
Track goals and success rates to emphasize positive change
Radical improvements in cognitive and physical abilities due to extensive and varied lessons throughout the day
"The positive results we have observed include increased social interaction, ability to develop richer interpersonal relationships, elevated self-esteem, soft skill development, increased vocabulary, and an overall increase in communication skills."
Marie Kubina, OE Curriculum Director
Contact Jane Kobak
Donor Relations Manager
219.464.9621 ext. 290 or
Members of Pillars of Potential ensure there are programs available to the people who need them most.