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Empowering Every Child’s Potential at Rise Up For Autism

Welcome to Rise Up For Autism, a center-based and early intervention ABA provider where we aim to improve the quality of life of children with autism aged 2-6. Our mission is to help your extraordinary children learn vital communication, social, and life skills through 1:1 ABA therapy.

Rise Up For Autism

We Accept Most Insurance

Financial Assistance and Payment Plans Available

  • blue cross
  • aetna
  • uni healthcare
  • phcs

Our Journey in
Autism Care


Rise Up For Autism was founded with a deep commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children with autism and their families. Spread across Chicago, Aurora, Joliet, and Tinley Park, we strive to provide specialized autism therapy that prepares children for school and their next steps in life. From our very first client to becoming a proud partner of Joliet School District 86, we have touched the lives of over 100 families.

  • Partner of Joliet School District 86
  • RBT Certified Therapists
  • 100+ Families Helped
  • Free Consultation

Our Mission

At Rise Up For Autism (RFA), our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives of children with autism and their families. We do this by encouraging your child's development, helping them prepare for their future with the communication, daily living, and socialization skills they need to thrive. We are dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate, and evidence-based ABA therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in our dedicated centers. We aim to make significant gains and help each child reach their developmental milestones.


We’re a Team Driven by Our Core Valuess

  • Empathy and Understanding

    We listen and respond to the needs of others

  • Lead by Example

    We inspire change through our actions

  • Collaborative Spirit

    We work together for comprehensive care

  • Innovative Approaches

    We embrace new methods and ideas

  • Solution-Oriented

    We focus on effective outcomes

  • Adaptability

    We are flexible to meet each child's needs

  • Celebrating Every Step

    We acknowledge every milestone, big or small

  • Authenticity

    We are genuine in our care and interaction

  • Embracing Diversity

    We recognize and value individual differences

  • Commitment to Learning

    We continuously grow in knowledge and expertise

Meet the Experts Behind Our Success

Our team is composed of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), ensuring the highest level of care.

Dr. Carly Lapin

Dr. Carly Lapin


Kelly Finnegan

Kelly Finnegan

Co-Founder, Director of Business Administration

Anna Pajor

Anna Pajor

Director of Human Resources, SPHR

Jennifer Vorce

Jennifer Vorce

Regional Clinical Director, BCBA, M.Ed.

Madison Sherwood

Madison Sherwood

M.S., BCBA, Clinic Director

Ashley Eppenstein

Ashley Eppenstein

M.A., M.S., BCBA, Clinic Director

Jordan Leamy

Jordan Leamy

MS, MBA, BCBA, Clinic Director

Why Rise Up For Autism Stands Apart

Rise Up For Autism
Typical Providers
Therapy Focus
Specialized ABA therapy tailored to individual needs
Generic ABA therapy approach
Scope of Work
Integrated services including socialization, school readiness, and toilet training
Often limited to ABA therapy only
Diagnostic Services
Comprehensive autism diagnostics available
Diagnostics may not be available
Family Involvement
Strong emphasis on family partnership in treatment planning
Limited family involvement in treatment
We go beyond behavior, nurturing communication, socialization, and independent living skills 
Focus often limited to behavior management
  • Early Intervention

    Research has shown that the earlier a child starts ABA therapy, the better their progress and development. That is why we tailor our therapies to children aged 2-6, when we know our work will have the biggest impact on their lives.

  • Center-based School Readiness

    We offer an enriching and structured learning environment to ensure your child is prepared for the next step in their education, whether that be traditional school or other academic programs.

  • 1:1 Therapy with Exceptional Clinicians

    Our team is made up of Board Certified Behavioral Analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians with ample experience who will work one-on-one with your child to help them reach crucial developmental milestones.

  • Parent/Caregiver Training

    Progress shouldn’t stop when kids head home, which is why we make sure all of our parents and caregivers are equipped with the knowledge they need to support their children in a variety of settings.

Benefits of ABA Therapy

Making a Difference in Lives

Rise Up For Autism is dedicated to providing exceptional autism therapy. Our team of specialists uses evidence-based therapies to achieve remarkable progress in communication, self-care, and social skills, as well as the overall well-being of your child. We take pride in delivering personalized care that benefits both your child and the whole family, paving the way for a brighter future.

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Our Patients Love Us


My child has benefited greatly from the ABA therapy program offered by Rise Up for Autism in Chicago. The center's caring and organized approach, along with the team's competence, have equipped my 6-year-old with the necessary tools for success.

Deuzt C.


Rise Up for Autism's team has been an extraordinary asset to our family. They deliver exceptional ABA therapy and have facilitated remarkable progress in our son's communication and social abilities.

Bonnie B.


Choosing to start our child at Rise Up for Autism for ABA therapy was the best decision we made. The personalized therapy plans, caring staff, and a welcoming atmosphere have made a significant impact on our child's growth. We are very grateful.

Liam S.


Rise Up for Autism's center-based facility in Chicago is highly recommended. For my three-year-old, it offers the ideal educational setting, and the therapists are not only highly qualified experts but also show a great deal of empathy and understanding.

Eric F.


Our experience with Rise Up for Autism has been truly exceptional. The dedication of the staff, the personalized approach to therapy, and the progress our child has made are beyond remarkable. We couldn't be happier with the support and care they provide.

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Our journey with Rise Up for Autism has been great! The therapists' dedication to our child's unique needs is evident and we've witnessed remarkable progress. We look forward to what's ahead!

Dennis G.


Chicago's Rise Up for Autism is fantastic! The counselors are skilled and compassionate. For my 4-year-old, the setting—which is comparable to school—has been beneficial. I value their commitment to assisting kids.

Gary G.


I'm really happy about Rise Up for Autism in Chicago! The therapists are doing a wonderful job treating my 6-year-old daughter, and I can tell that she is making progress in areas that will be important when she starts school.

Mary M.


My child has benefited greatly from the ABA therapy program offered by Rise Up for Autism in Chicago. My 6-year-old has all the tools he needs to achieve thanks to the team's experience and the center's organized, caring attitude.

King P.


Chicago's Rise Up for Autism is amazing! My three-year-old is in a friendly environment thanks to the kind personnel. The center's emphasis on tailored programs and an environment akin to a school has helped my child's progress.

Carla F.


Join Our Team

Join our dedicated team as we work every day to make a difference in the lives of children with autism. At Rise Up For Autism, we offer a supportive environment where professionals can grow and make a significant impact.

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