"Through The Extended Family Sean has increased his focus while he works, learned new skills, developed camaraderie with the group, and contributed to the community. I highly recommend The Extended Family!" -Jerry B, parent of a TEF participant
Our desire at The Extended Family is to help exceptional adults have the opportunity to create a life filled with purpose, a life of greater personal power.
Every young adult with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) deserves an opportunity to live a life filled with hopes and dreams, friendships, a sense of purpose, meaningful engagement, love, self-respect, confidence.
The Extended Family provides a community based approach to address the needs of adults who struggle with isolation after aging out of their academic settings. Some of the issues TEF addresses include:
TEF works to create a social and entrepreneurial environment that reinforces both creative and social skills in a setting that focuses on what participants CAN do rather than on what they cannot.
"Kevin looks forward to his Monday sessions with his zoom buddies at The Extended Family. He especially enjoys filling gift bags with candies and cards for our essential workers. The Extended Family is a place where you can feel comfortable being part of a team that brings happiness and joy to those who receive these wonderful donations."
-Irene D , parent of a TEF participant
The Extended Family meaningfully engages exceptional adults who rely on qualified support by providing a sanctuary for learning skills, community integration, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging where personal interests, passions, and unrecognized intellectual abilities are revealed.
The primary goals of the Meaningful Engagement model are to
Participants actively engage in ideation, decision making, and problem solving to create and develop new creative ideas. Everyone is included in every aspect of the process. An adaptive plan is created for each individual ensuring the full participation of everyone.
At the heart of Meaningful Engagement (ME) is an environment of inclusion, collaboration and teamwork within a no-pressure, non-hierarchical structure, resulting in a keen sense of ownership, responsibility, and pride.
And most of all, we have FUN!