The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley (CFFRV) announced Giant Steps' Canopy Adult Day Program (CADP) would be the recipient of a $15,000 grant, in June of 2017. Since then, the grant-funds have provided numerous technology resources for CADP.

Lillian Peterson, administrator of Canopy Adult Day Program, said that the grant has provided a significant impact to programming.

"Receiving the grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley was a beneficial and substantial boost to our programming," Peterson said. "With the funds from this grant we have been able to add to and upgrade the quality of technological resources available to our participants and our program space."

The $15,000 grant has been used to purchase learning software licenses, projectors and audio equipment, several all-in-one computers and tablets, touchscreen monitor, a printer, a scanner. Upgrades to the program's internet infrastructure were also made possible with the grant-funding. These upgrades increased internet access reliability and enhanced Wi-Fi signal strength throughout the facility.

"This not only enhances the way that we are able to provide meaningful and realistic learning and enrichment opportunities for the adults we serve, but it also keeps our programming and services up to date and relevant," Peterson said. "Often adult individuals on the autism spectrum are left out of the conversation. So by giving them access to technology that is in line with what is similarly available to their peers, we are letting them know they are valued and we are ensuring their voice is heard, while also enabling them to achieve their fullest potential."

"Canopy staff, participants, and families are extremely grateful and honored to be the recipients of this generous grant," she added.

Without the support of organizations such as the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, technological needs may remain on the wish list for participants. Fortunately, CFFRV's funding support paved the way for the technological wish list to become reality.

"The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is honored to support Giant Steps' Canopy Program," said CFFRV Vice President of Community Involvement & Partnerships Julie Christman. "Sadly, we often hear that people who are non-verbal are not engaged and have few opportunities to communicate for themselves and contribute to society. It is wonderful that Giant Steps is using technology to provide a vehicle for individuals to have a voice and become involved in productive ways in our community."

For more information about Canopy Adult Day Program, contact Lillian Peterson, administrator of Canopy Adult Day Program, at 630-864-3830 or visit


About Canopy Adult Day Program
Canopy Adult Day Program (CAPD) is a re-imagined community offering hope for a safe, fulfilled, purposeful and happy life for adults with autism. The CADP serves individuals who have who are no longer eligible to receive school-based services and support, which ceases on their 22nd birthday. Canopy Adult Day Program is designed to meet the individual and specific needs of adults with autism, providing community inclusion opportunities, as well as life skills and vocational training; promoting continued growth and development throughout their lives.

About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois.

Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $88 million in assets and has awarded more than $70 million in grants and scholarships.

For more information on the Foundation, visit

About Giant Steps

Since 1996, Giant Steps has been focused on providing education, therapeutic and recreational programs for elementary, junior high, high school, transition students and young adults affected by autism, their families and the community. Our goal is to improve an individual's ability to interact, communicate, and develop academic and daily living skills.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019