Category Archives: News


What Rain Man didn’t do for Autism Awareness

Monday, April 2nd, 2018 | Laura Speer

Think back to your first introduction to Autism. Mine was Rain Man. “Autism,” not “Autism Spectrum Disorder,” was a word used a few times in the script to explain an adult family member who was hidden away in an institution. While the 1988 film taught me the name of a diagnosis, it did not raise my understanding or awareness of ASD. If anything, it planted the seed for a stereotype. Fast forward about 15 years to when a good friend’s preschooler was diagnosed with ASD. I imagined a future like Rain Man‘s.

Goldie B. Floberg CEO to Present ICPN Conference Keynote

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | Laura Speer
John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D

John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D, CEO of Goldie B. Floberg Center, will present the opening keynote address “Nirvana Through Nerdism: A Geek’s Guide to Mindfulness When Working with People with Challenging Behavior” to attendees of the ICPN Annual Conference.

The What and Why of #GivingTuesday

Monday, November 27th, 2017 | Laura Speer
Giving Tuesday

In the spirit of the holidays, the average consumer is expected to spend over $950 this holiday season. Imagine if every every “like” on our Facebook page gave just 1% of that, $10, to a cause dear to their heart. Our humble group alone could raise over $4,000 in just #GivingTuesday. 

Mother Christmas needs your help

Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Laura Speer
Mother Christmas

Mother Christmas is asking for your help again this year to help provide wonderful gifts for the people served by Goldie B. Floberg Center.  Beginning Wednesday, November 1, Mother Christmas will be waiting for your call. Mother Christmas has wish lists for the children and …continue reading

Dignity Newsletter: Thanks…and thanks again…

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Laura Speer
farm dinner table

It’s only October and we have so much for which to be grateful. I hesitated to theme this newsletter around gratitude, knowing that the holiday season, a season in which we celebrate giving thanks, is just around the corner; and we’ll likely be saying “thank you” again.

Volunteer Spotlight: Erin G.

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Laura Speer
Erin G

During her lifetime, Erin’s mom became a hair donor to Wigs for Kids, whose mission is Helping Children Look Themselves and Live Their Lives. After her mom’s passing, Erin chose to carry on support of this worthy cause.

Special Olympics 2017

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Laura Speer
2017 Special Olympian

Goldie B. Floberg Center has been helping people with disabilities access the Special Olympics for 39 years. The physical, emotional, and developmental benefits of these experiences help to bring us closer to achieving our mission.

First Annual Donor Appreciation Dinner

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Laura Speer
evening farm to table dinner

Take a bountiful 2016 LEEP garden harvest, add a side of the creative generosity of one donor, and the result is the inspiration for the First Annual Farm-to-Table Donor Appreciation Dinner.

The calm after the storm—now we can really get to work

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D
John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Following a two-year cycle of posturing, votes, votoes, more votes and more vetoes, the State of Illinois has a budget. As a state, we have a lot of work to be done before our finances will be considered sound. Despite the negatives and controversy that surround this budget, and possible cuts from a federal level, this budget brings us bright skies—optimism and relief.

Action needed: Contact your Rep in support of DSPs and individuals with developmental disabilities

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 | John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D
They Deserve More

Please click on the link below TODAY and send an electronic letter to your local House Representative urging her or him to vote to override the Governor’s budget veto. This is it folks! The budget not only avoids cuts for our services but also includes a raise for DSPs. PLEASE go the link now and let’s push this budget across the finish line. The link will identify your House representative for you and already has the letter written. Super easy!