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Philip J. Rock Center and School - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Philip J. Rock Center and School
818 DuPage Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 790-2474 (Local)
(800) 771-1158 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

The Philip J. Rock Center and School (PRC) offers a comprehensive residential educational program available for children with deafblindness who are 3-21 years old. These services are free to the families and school districts in Illinois. The Philip J. Rock School is a year-round residential program which offers an extended day educational program. All of the day classes are currently housed in local public schools or transition community settings, during regular school hours. The students are mainstreamed for many activities in the school day, including art, music, physical education, and vocational experiences, with non-handicapped peers. In addition to the essential elements of the common core, the PRC curriculum is based on the expanded core curriculum and emphasizes functional skills in these areas: 1) vocational, 2) domestic/personal care, 3) leisure, and 4) community. Students have opportunities to develop work skills at various vocational sites in the community, as well as vocational opportunities in the school building.

Hours of operation: 24 hours a day.
Geographic area served: Illinois


818 DuPage Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


Seth Harkins, Chief Executive Officer,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides a wide range of services on a statewide basis. Services are provided in schools, medical settings, early intervention centers and homes.
  • Counseling
    • Provides school and training placement. Refers and contracts for other counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, braille, gesticulation, handwriting, home management, orientation and mobility, sensory training.
  • Education Services
    • The residential school offers one of the most intensive, comprehensive educational programs available for children who are deaf-blind in the 3-21 year age group. Provides instruction in pre-vocational and daily living skills and community-based education.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers supported employment training opportunities.
  • Health
    • Provides audiology; general medical services; occupational, physical and speech therapy. Refers for and contracts for other medical services.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers after-school evening and weekend programs, including arts and crafts, residential summer camp, swimming, track.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides statewide technical assistance for children who are deaf-blind.
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