The Vocational Options Program (Options) assists youth and young adults become independent through training, support and real-world experiences. Training is developed around one understanding of individual skills, needed accommodations and the specific disability.

Work locations are selected to best suit the interests or vocational training needs of each individual. Business partners are established in Champaign, Urbana, Rantoul, Mahomet, and throughout Champaign County where our youth and young adults reside.


Career Exploration, Assessment, and Planning: Assessment of interest and skills; Counseling on career/job options; and Development of a work-based learning career plan.

Skill Development/Certificate: Skill development for workplace employment through nationally recognized certificates

Job Advocacy and Placement: Assistance for accommodations needed for success in employment; Job coaching and placement is provided as needed


Young adults:

  • ages 18-24, dependent upon other eligibility criteria
  • ages 26-40 based on exception
  • residing in Champaign County
  • with an employment barrier

Eligibility criteria determined by various funding sources.

Learn more


Cunningham’s Associate Director of Family Services
(217) 337-9308


Cunningham’s Family Services and Vocational Coordinator
(217) 337-9047
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Leave a message for call back.


Cunningham’s Intake/Admissions Specialist
(217) 337-9059; Fax (217) 367-5910
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Leave a message for call back.

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