Gigi U available in Hoffman Estates

February 23, 2014 (HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.)

Gigi U is a major new attraction. It is a comprehensive learning program designed for adults with Down syndrome that offers confidence building, career development and wellness.

Brian Rogala, 26, is one of the adults who attends Gigi U. His mother, Antonella, says this is a perfect fit for her son.

"He was older than most of the programs, but when I saw in the newsletter that they needed volunteers I think that's what started it and then learned about Gigi U. I was right on board," Antonella said.

Brian also has a job at the center.

"I'm doing thank you notes," he said. "And sometimes I go on the computer, checking my own email my own mailbox, like behind you, and sometimes I get out of the office to make a few copies of these and envelopes."

All of the original programs are still provided with more space and opportunities.

Christine Loukoff comes to Gigi's with her two daughters, Alexis and Kaytlin, who has down syndrome.

"She has all of her little best friends. Already 20 of them," Loukoff said. "It's so wonderful and the relationship with the moms. It's incredible."

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