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Shore’s mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through educational, residential, vocational and related programs provided with community integrated supports and services. Helping children and adults reach their full potential and, thus, lead them to more independent and productive lives is fundamental to the process.
In 1951, a group of Evanston parents formed Shore School. By 1953, the school operated as one of nine statewide research projects to determine if children with developmental disabilities could benefit from public education. The school’s success led to incorporation in 1954 into the Evanston-Skokie School District. As the idea of inclusion moved to the forefront and institutionalized care diminished, Shore continued to grow and establish programs.
Today, Shore provides a comprehensive array of services including: small group homes, CILAs (Community Integrated Living Arrangements), Supported Living Arrangements, a Training Center, a Senior and Adult Services Program, Early Intervention, In-Home Respite Care, Home Based Support and Service Facilitation. These programs are located in Evanston, Morton Grove and Skokie and serve over 400 individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities each year.