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RRAF, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, exempt from taxation
as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of
the Internal Revenue Code.
Established in 1981, RRAF provides day services to adults with intellectual disabilities who reside in their family homes or with
friends in group homes throughout DuPage and Western Cook counties. RRAF has been accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation
Accreditation Commission, since 1997. We are accredited in the area of community integration. We are licensed as a Developmental
Training program through the Illinois Department of Human Services.
RRAF is a unique agency in that it provides services without the use of behavior management techniques. For many families, it is vital
that their loved one is respected and understood – that behaviors are viewed as communication, not as “acting out”. This philosophy,
coupled with RRAF’s individualized approach to services, allows the flexibility to support individuals with autism and other
communication deficits both on-site and within the community.
RRAF is, in large measure, the creation of Sam and Rosemary Lapertosa. Their dream was to create a program that their own son
with autism, Sam, Jr., could attend once he completed high school. The Lapertosas lobbied tirelessly for the funds necessary to
begin providing day services, and these services began in the fall of 1987. However, just as RRAF began to hit its stride, Sam and
Rosemary passed away within one year of each other. But thanks to the solid foundation laid by the Lapertosas and everyone else
associated with RRAF, we were able to continue the journey they had begun.
Another dream was realized in early 2001 when RRAF purchased and moved to a vastly improved site in the Village of Lombard. This
fulfilled our initial goal of providing expanded services to those currently in our care by being able to provide a vocational room with
Internet access, a kitchen area, and a laundry room. We were also able to immediately expand our census from twelve to sixteen with
the increased space the new facility provided. In the fall of 2002 we were able to complete needed parking lot improvements required
by the Village of Lombard.
In January of 2003, RRAF acquired the property immediately next to our current site. The former owner leased the building through the
end of 2004, however, the purchase of this property immediately gave RRAF the ability to increase our census at our current site
because of the increased parking this additional property afforded. We were given approval from the Village of Lombard to increase
our census from sixteen to twenty-four.
In early 2005 we took possession of the building at 619 South Main Street. Needed remodeling was undertaken during 2005 and
early 2006 and the building is now an annex site for additional day service space, as needed.
This enables us to increase our census even further and provide additional services.
It's already time to begin planning for what's next!