Active Inclusion.

Our Mission:

Gateway to Learning’s mission is to provide lifelong learning for adults with intellectual challenges and developmental disabilities that promotes active inclusion at home, at work, and in the community.


Our Programs

Our person centered and individualized programming focuses on the skill acquisition, development, and mastery needed to be an active participant at home, at work and in the community. Curriculum is designed to address key life skills including: pre-vocational and pre-employment, literacy, money management, socialization, citizenship, and empowerment. A strong emphasis is placed on vocational training, specifically in the area of culinary arts, and coupled with our Dorothy’s Can-Do Bakery and Café, provides experiential learning, food sanitation credentialing and the development of career paths for future employment in the food industry and other private sectors.

“He stands taller.
He smiles more.
It gives him a sense of worth."

December 2016

Gateway to Learning family member about the growth of her brother.  / Read Full Article


Our Impact

Gateway to Learning serves adults with intellectual challenges and developmental disabilities in Chicago, IL. Through the active involvement of dedicated Life Skills Instructors and Coaches, participants receive the education and training designed specifically for them.

The hallmark of Gateway to Learning is the provision of individualized programs which meet the unique needs of each participant. These specialized programs provide adults with a place to develop and use their skills to enrich their lives and contribute to the surrounding community.

Today, Gateway to Learning serves over 85 adults with diverse abilities. Our participants represent every race and ethnic origin. Gateway to Learning serves all of Chicago and nearby suburbs.



Average staff tenure in years

Four decades of success are possible thanks to a conscientious staff of instructors and coaches who receive ongoing professional development, in order to provide the most up to date practices for adults with intellectual challenges and developmental disabilities. Our average tenure is over 15 years by staff who are dedicated to the mission and to the potential of each individual participant.



Years Serving chicago

Gateway to Learning has dedicated more than 40 years to assisting individuals with intellectual challenges and developmental disabilities in defining their abilities in their homes, workplaces and in the community.



Annual LIFE SKills Training hours

Each year, full-time participants can receive over 1,400 hours of life skills training and education at Gateway to Learning. Of that, only 1,100 hours are funded through state and federal dollars. We go above and beyond to ensure consistent skill development and mastery. We rely upon community support to keep our doors open to provide these vital hours of life skills training that are critical for greater independence.


Get Involved

An active and inclusive community enriches all lives through shared experiences and opportunities while building connections of understanding. We invite you to become involved in the community of Gateway of Learning.


For Info about our Programs

If you or a family member is interested in participating in our programs, please follow the contact link below and we will set up a time to talk about your hopes, aspirations and life goals and discuss the ways we can assist.

Volunteer opportunities

Do you have a talent or skill that you would like to share with the participants? Maybe you just want to come help bake cookies and treats?

Sign up to be a volunteer.

Make a Donation

Be a “gateway” to active inclusion. Make an impact today with a donation. Our services rely upon your support.

Gateway to Learning is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are eligible for tax deductions.