On Tuesday, April 15, Elmhurst College will host ELSA-PALOOZA 6, an annual celebration of the Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA) and its post-secondary educational offerings for the special-education community.
Featuring tours, information sessions, a senior showcase and musical performances by The Naturals and several ELSA students, ELSA-PALOOZA 6 will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on April 15 in the Founders Lounge of the College’s Frick Center.
The Naturals are a Chicago-area band that was created to promote the musical abilities of Maurice Snell and Terry Bracey, who both are autistic. Snell and Bracey were nonverbal until the age of 8, but blossomed after embracing music.
“ELSA-PALOOZA was created as an opportunity to show off the ELSA program,” said Tim Ahlberg, assistant director of admission for Elmhurst College's School for Professional Studies. “We display ELSA student work while celebrating the graduating class and the ELSA program in general.”
A four-year certificate program, ELSA provides a full-time, post-secondary educational experience to young adults with cognitive disabilities. The program emphasizes academics, work experience, and social and recreational experiences. Upon completion of the ELSA program, students are better prepared to hold a job and live with greater independence in the community or with their families.
For more information on the ELSA program or to RSVP for ELSA-PALOOZA 6, call (630) 617-3300 or visit us online.