Options for College Success

820 Davis Street, Evanston, IL
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We are a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization located in Evanston, IL,  whose purpose is to encourage learning-challenged post secondary students to develop the skills, the confidence, and the courage necessary to transition into living independently and working productively.We use a team approach.  The students, parents, and staff all work together to support success.Our students are young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 who struggle with learning challenges that can make it difficult to succeed.  Following 4 years of high school, the student and the family need to determine a future path for the young adult.

We accept people with learning challenges that include the following:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Asperger’s
  • Learning disabilities such as Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, and Auditory or Visual Processing
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Non-verbal Learning Disorders (NVLD)
  • Reading Comprehension Disorders
  • Spatial Disorders
  • Social and Maturity Issues
  • Developmental Delays
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing/Visual Impairment
  • Executive Function Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
Our program is designed to meet each student’s individualized goals. We offer services in the following areas:


Our staff meets with the student and family to develop an academic plan.  We assist the student with the admissions process to enroll in the program/college chosen.  Our services include individualized tutoring, advocacy, and ensuring that all proper accommodations are being met.  


Sessions are individualized with our Career Development Coordinator.  We review the student’s interests and abilities and create goals to meet the student’s desired career path.  Afterwards, sessions include resume building, interview preparation, and job coaching.  The Career Development Coordinator also assists students in finding part-time jobs, internships, and volunteer work in order to expand their resume and build experience. 

Independent Living Skills

We work with students individually in their apartments and around the community so that they can lead healthy, organized, and independent lives. Sessions include but are not limited to exercise, healthy eating, managing a clean environment, safety and security, and transportation.  Admission to our program includes membership to a local athletic club. 

Finance Management

Students and parents plan a realistic monthly budget.  The student is taught skills in order to live within their budget.  This includes tracking expenses, paying bills, avoiding scams, and developing good credit.  Each student meets with a finance manager at least once a week in order to review their budget and ensure that they are following the guidelines set forth.

Social Skills

Students meet individually with the staff psychologist on a weekly basis and also attend support group sessions.  The psychologist is available for additional support as needed.  

Social Activities

There are a large variety of social activities available to the students, and all students are encouraged to attend.  Each month, the residential adviser and other staff members, in conjunction with the students, will plan out activities in accordance with their interests and budget.  We extend activities to meet special interests of the students.  Both our Evanston location and the city of Chicago offer opportunities to explore different cultures, interests, and activities. 

Special Needs
Learning Disability Programs
ADHD Programs
Asperger’s Syndrome Programs
Autism Programs
Behavioral Programs
Developmental Disability Programs
Intellectual Disability Programs
Program Goals
College Preparation
Vocational Preparation
Life Skills Education
Program Types
Day Programs
Residential Programs
Summer Programs
Address 820 Davis Street, Suite 455
City Evanston
State Illinois
Zip 60201
Contact Shoshana Axler
Contact Title Director of Admissions and Student Development
Contact Email snaxler@optionsforcollegesuccess.org
Contact Fax 847-4254798
Contact Phone 847-425-4797
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State/Province Illinois
distance: 581 Miles
Address 820 Davis Street, Evanston, IL
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