Visit The Cardinal Gift Shop

Have you visited the Cardinal Gift Shop in Downtown Wheaton?

The Cardinal Gift Shop is an important part of Clare Woods Academy’s vocational program. It functions as part of our Transitional Vocation Department which trains students for future employment. The students make and sell crafts from the store. It also functions as our new Work Center, teaching our students skills such as assembly line and sewing.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to offer this to our students!

So come visit our Cardinal Gift Shop and shop seasonal gifts, decorations and jewelry made by our students.

If you’d like to contribute, please consider us in your holiday giving. Every donation will be thankfully acknowledged.

Donate Here.

Fun in the Sun with Clare Woods Academy

Dr. Temple Grandin to speak at Clare Woods Academy

Dr. Temple Grandin is coming to Clare Woods Academy November 18th and 19th, 2019. Mark your calendars for an inspirational treat!  

Dr. Grandin did not talk until she was three and a half years old.  She was fortunate to get early speech therapy. Her teachers also taught her how to wait and take turns when playing board games. She was mainstreamed into a normal kindergarten at age five. Oliver Sacks wrote in the forward of Thinking in Pictures that her first book Emergence: Labeled Autistic was “unprecedented because there had never before been an inside narrative of autism.” Dr. Sacks profiled Dr. Grandin in his best selling book Anthropologist on Mars.

Dr. Grandin became a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior.  Today she is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare.  She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and a BBC Special – “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow”. She has also appeared on National TV shows such as Larry King Live, 20/20, Sixty Minutes, Fox and Friends, and she has a 2010 TED talk. Articles about Dr. Grandin have appeared in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today. HBO made an Emmy Award winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Overview of Services

Clare Woods Academy would like to highlight our partner organization NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) DuPage County whose mission is to provide support, advocacy and education in order to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illnesses and their families.

A list of their services can be seen here.