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 FRED is dedicated to the idea that all individuals deserve to live their passions, and determine THEIR choice of the future they live.
 FRED brings top thinkers: experts, families, self-advocates, together to share leading practices and accelerate approaches to building those futures.
 FRED is us. FRED is now. Because tomorrow started yesterday.

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FRED Conference 2014
LAX Marriott  5855 W Century Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045
Friday March 28, 2014 and Saturday March 29, 2014

The LAX Marriott has rooms available at a discounted price of $112 + taxes for FRED 2014. Please reference FRED 2014 when making reservations on 1-310-641-5700.

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In the next decade, almost 1,000,000 special needs teens will transition to adulthood

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Why FRED

Why?

Much needed solutions are at the center of FRED Conferences – more housing options, increased employment opportunities and a way to provide community settings for our adults with and without special needs.

 In the next decade, over 800,000 adults with autism alone will transition to adulthood. That number is staggering across all disabilities.
 80% of special needs children are not able to move out of the home upon exiting the school system, because there aren’t enough options.
 Adequate living, employment, recreational and social options don’t nearly cover the numbers of adults in need.
 Aging parents cannot provide the quality of life adults deserve – including employment, recreation, social and creative living experiences.
 Information on transition options are confusing and hard to understand within a bureaucracy of red tape and funding loopholes.
 Fewer than 20% of adults with disabilities are in the labor force, and under 20% of those who ARE employed work full time.
 Upwards of 70% of adults with special needs report isolation and depression.
 Over 50% of parents report clinical depression.

… and the problem is growing.

FRED is here to:

 Bring the experts and families and special needs adults together.
 Encourage cooperation, choice, information sharing and expediency.
 Advance our options – fast!

FRED is the premier organization advancing housing and employment options for adults with special needs:

  The FRED Conference is THE opportunity to join a national coalition of special needs professionals and families.
  We share information and advance adult living options for people with disabilities to live with meaning and purpose.
   Understand more about housing, employment and recreation for current and future generations of adults with special needs.
   Learn what exists today, best practices and how to get started with new cutting edge communities.
   Be part of an ongoing discussion to build a future and change lives.
   FRED is a Golden Heart Ranch production www.GoldenHeartRanch.org

80% of special needs children are not able to move out of home upon exiting the school system, because there are not enough options

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Fewer than 20% of adults with disabilities are in the labor force, and under 20% of those who are employed work full time

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Sponsorship

PLATINUM

$5,000 helps underwrite: Educational Services

  • Support online training for parents/professionals unable to travel or otherwise attend; provide living communities access to expert presenters and content
  • Company logo on all print and online materials: website, Facebook and Twitter
  • Your ability to send a custom communication to all FRED attendees via our FRED database. (Administered by FRED.)
  • 2 FREE tickets to FRED (or the ability to donate for qualifying Scholarships)
  • Recognition as official FRED Conference 2014 Platinum sponsor
  • Announcements both days at FRED Conference acknowledging your company’s generosity; special thanks at Day 1 welcome and Day 2 wrap up.
  • Your company logo and acknowledgement on all educational materials

GOLDEN

$2,500 helps underwrite: Awards Dinner

  • Recognition as official FRED Conference 2014 Golden sponsor
  • Company logo on all print and online materials: website, Facebook and Twitter
  • 2 FREE tickets to FRED Awards Dinner (or the ability to donate for qualifying Scholarships)
  • Announcements at FRED’s Award Dinner acknowledging your company’s generosity
  • Your company’s ability to introduce musical guests: The Miracle Project
  • Company sponsorship signage on dinner refreshment tables

SILVER

$1,000 helps underwrite: Coffee Breaks

  • Recognition as official FRED Conference 2014 Silver sponsor
  • Announcements at FRED’s coffee break acknowledging your company’s generosity
  • Company sponsorship signage on coffee break refreshment tables
  • Company logo on all print and online materials: website, Facebook and Twitter

RANCHERS

$200 helps fund: Full 2-Day Scholarship

(Our goal is to provide 10 scholarships in total = $2000)

  • Parents or special needs professionals who could not otherwise afford to attend
  • Ability to designate parent or professional (teacher, therapist, co-rancher, etc.) as FRED Conference attendee recipient
  • Recognition as official FRED Conference 2014 sponsor

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated, and are tax-deductible.

Golden Heart Ranch: www.goldenheartranch.org

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What's On

Agenda

Day 1 – 8:00 am to 5:30 pm followed by cocktails/dinner

Morning:

TRACK ONE: Parent track workshop
Finances 101 and 201
• Sharon Brent, National Disability Institute

TRACK TWO: Professional track workshop
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• Jerry Horton, Down Home Ranch
• Deirdre Sheerin/Mark Jackson, Sweetwater Spectrum
• Rose Hein, Golden Heart Ranch
• JaLynn Prince, Madison House Foundation

Lunch:
Box Lunch/Exhibitor Hall

Afternoon:

Keynote: Living with Purpose
• Kevin McGuire, AbleRoad and McGuire and Associates

Tomorrow Started Yesterday: How soon is too soon? (Or, how late is too late?)
• Denise Resnik, Denise Resnik & Associates, First Place AZ
• Peter Bell, Eden Autism Services
• Casey Rohrer, Self Advocate
• Areva Martin, Special Needs Network
• Michelle Krotinger Wolf, Consultant, Writer and Disabilities Advocate

No man is an island: Isolation is not an option
• Vicki Obee, Bittersweet Farms
• Alex Krem, Camping Unlimited
• David Sponder, Sponderworks
Dr. Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
• Desiree Kameka, Madison House Foundation

Housing Models
• Marianne Sullivan, Autism Speaks
• Mark Olson, LTO Ventures
• Rose Hein, Golden Heart Ranch
• Deirdre Sheerin, Sweetwater Spectrum
• Colleen Mock, Harbor Regional Center
• Judy Mark, Autism Society of Los Angeles

Parents Design Their Second Act: from Caretaker to Self-Care
• Elaine Hall, Project Miracles
• Mari-Anne Kehler, FRED Conferences
Marianne Williamson, Author
Laura Shumaker, Author

Cocktail Hour/Networking

Dinner/Entertainment
• Patrick McClenahan, Special Olympics LA2015
The Miracle Project
• Other Special Guests TBD

Day 2 – 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

Morning:

Safety and Well Being
• Chantal Sicile-Kira, Autism College
• Kate Movius, Autism Interaction Solutions
Nora Baladerian, PhD
• Jan Cline, Bittersweet Farms

Presume Competence: Self-advocates SPEAK!
• Jennifer Byde Myers, The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
• Christine Motokane, Author, Self Advocate
• Neal Katz, Self Advocate
• Kelly Horton, Self Advocates
• Sterling Hibbs, Self Advocates

Lunch:
Box Lunch/Exhibitor Hall

Afternoon:

Employment for All (Workshop)
• Van Hatchell, Extraordinary Ventures
• Mark Woodsmall, Spero Vineyard, Autism Speaks
• Mike Naggar, Council Member, City of Temecula
• Tim Harris, Tim’s Place
• Ed Lynch, Mychal’s Learning Place
• Dani Bowman, Power-light Studios

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Congratulations!

FRED 2014 Awards

2014 Pioneer Award

This award is given to the individual or organization that best embodies innovation and advancement in the field of disability rights.

The FRED nomination committee selected Kevin McGuire in recognition of his pioneering work launching AbleRoad, the most comprehensive website and app designed to connect people with accessible places, and for his lifelong impact in the disabilities field. Kevin McGuire will receive the award in Los Angeles on March 28th when he serves as the FRED Conference keynote speaker.

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2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

It is with pride that FRED Conference announces Nancy and Michael Kerson as the 2014 recipients of the FRED Lifetime Achievement Award. This inaugural award acknowledges those that have committed a lifetime of effort and success in the field of disability rights.

The FRED nomination committee selected the Kersons in recognition of over 40 years of service and leadership to create and sustain Vine Village, residential and day programs dedicated to providing people with developmental disabilities the quality of life that should be the birthright of every citizen. Vine Village occupies a beautiful 25-acre ranch in the famed Carneros grape-growing region of southern Napa County, California.

The FRED Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at FRED’s Friday dinner gala.

Press Release

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Information on transition options are confusing and hard to understand within a bureaucracy of red tape and funding loopholes.

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Exhibitors

During the conference, attendees have the opportunity to visit with representatives of various organizations involved with the special needs community. Below is a brief description of each organization and a link to their websites….

 

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2014 Sponsors

A big thank you for the generosity of our 2014 FRED Sponsors!

PLATINUM

Golden Heart Ranch

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FRED is a Golden Heart Ranch Production

Golden Heart Ranch is dedicated to building a life center residential community where special needs young adults can live, learn, work and play side-by-side in a harmonious and caring environment that is emotionally and physically safe. To accommodate for a wide range of both potential skills and unique challenges, the Ranch is designed to provide a wide variety of potential jobs. Our programs will include:

·       Training our ranch hands to learn new skills, including working as baristas, waiters, cooks, and cashiers in our coffee house
·       Training our ranch hands to maintain our on-site organic produce and flower gardens,
·       Training our ranch hands to use hand-operated textiles looms, among other tools, in our crafting center
·       Training our ranch hands to work with farm animals (Animals as Intermediaries) housed and stabled on-site
·       Providing advanced job training to ranch hands (including data entry, software/computer work, etc.)

In short, the Ranch will have incredible flexibility in meeting the needs of its ranch hands and helping them reach their aspirations. Programs will meet the needs and interests of our ranch hands, who will have the ability to pass easily between jobs and enjoy lifelong careers that are tailored to their skills and allow them to take pride in their work.

The Escher Fund and the Autism Society SF Bay Area

 

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FRED Conference welcomes The Escher Fund for Autism as a 2014 Platinum Sponsor! They sponsor autism programs in the CA Bay Area in addition to cutting-edge autism causation research. The Fund is best known for its work on gene-environment interaction in the etiology of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

The Escher Fund would like to make this sponsorship donation in honor of The Autism Society SF Bay Area’s pioneering work in the areas of adult housing and services. Visit sfautismsociety.org to learn more about the great work being generated there on behalf of adults with autism.

Murad

 

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Platinum level sponsor Murad knows about making the world a better place – supporting our mission to create jobs and homes for adults with disabilities.

GOLDEN

Autism Speaks

 

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Through the generous FRED Golden level sponsorship of Autism Speaks, we’re able to award scholarships this year to 12 parents and educators to attend the event March 28-29th.

Honda Center

 

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Honda Center stands as one of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the country. Opened in 1993, the venue is owned by the City of Anaheim and managed by Anaheim Arena Management, LLC. Home to the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, the arena annually hosts multiple top-name concerts, exciting sporting events and family favorites. Capacity crowds have filled Honda Center for world class acts such acts as Van Halen, One Direction, The Black Keys, Rush, Bruce Springsteen and more. Honda Center was recently ranked one of the World’s Top 10 Arenas of the Decade by Venues Today Magazine, as part of the publication’s 10-year anniversary issues. The venue is also a seven-time finalist for “Venue of the Year” by Pollstar Magazine.

SILVER

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The generosity of AT&T helps support coffee break refreshment tables.

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RANCHERS

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Registration

Attendee Registration
We look forward to seeing you on March 28th!

The LAX Marriott has rooms available at a discounted price of $112 + taxes for FRED 2014. Please reference FRED 2014 when making reservations on 1-310-641-5700.

California Regional Center Clients – please contact your caseworker with our vendor number VENDOR#: PH1651 Service Code 102. Please email fred@goldenheartranch.org subject VENDOR REGISTRATION for more information and so we are aware that you intend to register. NOTE: You are responsible for any amount(s) the Regional Center does not agree to pay, prior to attending FRED.

Limited scholarships are available – Please complete the attached form FRED Scholarship Application Form There is a deadline – Scholarship applications must be post marked no later than February 15. Unfortunately, no exceptions.

Exhibitor Registration
Exhibitor registration includes One 6′ x 30″ Table with Tablecloth. Two chairs. Two lunch tickets per day. Exhibitor setup begins Friday 6AM. For exhibitor questions, contact helen.motokane@gmail.com subject EXHIBITOR QUESTIONS.

Please complete this form and email or fax to dawn.medina@marriott.com / (310) 337-5353 to arrange and make payment for electricity, wireless internet lines and wired internet lines.

Note, if you can only exhibit on a single day, you will be placed on a waiting list. Please email helen.motokane@gmail.com subject EXHIBITOR 1-DAY REGISTRATION

 

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Dinner and Show

On the evening of Friday March 28th at 6:45pm, FRED 2014 presents a dinner. This unique experience will present a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow attendees and speakers, be entertained by inspiring performers and dine on a delicious menu.

Dinner and Show Registration ONLY

 

Presenting

Lifetime Achievement Award - 

Patrick McClenahan, Special Olympics World Games, LA2015 will be our guest speaker.

Entertainment

The highlight of the dinner will be the performance by THE MIRACLE PROJECT PLAYERS.

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THE MIRACLE PROJECT PLAYERS have graced many of the grandest stages including The Rose Bowl, Angel Stadium, The United Nations, all the way to Carnegie Hall where they took down the house and were honored at the GENIUS OF AUTISM! They’ve also performed at The Grove with Jack Black and Stephen Stills and at the Nokia Auditorium. They continue to open eyes, ears and hearts of audiences with their insightful music, demonstrating the amazing creative voices of autism and changing the way the world perceives autism.

THE MIRACLE PROJECT PLAYERS evolved out of THE MIRACLE PROJECT as an inspirational performance group. THE MIRACLE PROJECT founded in 2004 is a multi platform socialization program that enables children and teens with autism and other special needs to express themselves through music, dance, acting, story, and writing. ALL children of ALL abilities grow in skill and in spirit while creating and performing in original musicals. This acclaimed arts program was documented in the HBO double EMMY Award-winning documentary, AUTISM: THE MUSICAL. Learn more at http://www.themiracleproject.org.

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Menu

Garden Salad

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Fresh Garden Greens with Enoki Mushrooms, Carrots, Cucumbers and Tomatoes
Served with Choice of
Blue Cheese
Balsamic Vinaigrette
or
Champagne Vinaigrette

Entrees

Grilled Vegetable Wellington served with a Pomodoro Sauce
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Roasted Garlic Crusted Breast of Chicken with a Lemon Caper Cream Sauce
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Parmesan Whipped Potatoes
Haricot Vert and Carrots

Dessert

Chocolate Pyramid
or
Apple Tart
Vanilla Cookie Dough, Apples, Cranberries, Almond Crumble with Caramel

Regular, Decaffeinated Coffee or Hot Tea

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Helpful

Resources

Learn More

Autism Speaks – National Housing Survey
Autism College 

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FRED 2014 Poster

2013 FRED Conference Proceedings

2013 FRED Conference Related Videos

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Media

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Farms Map

List of Adult Living Communities

Farms and Ranches for the Special Needs community…

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The FRED

Blog Section

A Future Full of Purpose for Adults with Autism

A Future Full of Purpose for Adults with Autism By Mari-Anne Kehler Director, FRED Conference Over the coming decade, 500,000 individuals with autism will leave school and enter adulthood. This is in addition to the millions of adults with autism who already live throughout the United States. Many of these individuals will need to access […]

Three Myths

Three Myths about Farms and Ranches By Mari-Anne Kehler Director, FRED Conference The purpose of FRED is to help advance the ability of special needs adults to live with real purpose regardless of the housing options they choose. The ideal FRED model is a “campus” that includes effective residential, learning, employment and social opportunities, embraced by […]

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Past Conferences

FRED 2013 Conference

A few hundred parents, professionals and self-advocates gathered in Los Angeles to share information, ideas and best practices for FRED 2013.  Hundreds of attendees came from all over North America: almost every state in the US, and from Canada. While originally focused on agricultural communities as a solution to the growing challenge for living options, FRED has grown into a movement to advance the ability for special needs adults to live with real purpose regardless of the housing option!

Held at the LAX Marriott, March 1-2, 2013

2013 Event Agenda
2013 Sponsors
2013 Exhibitors
2013 Speakers
2013 Speaker Bios
2013 Pioneer Award
2013 Photographs
2013 Art Gallery
2013 Materials
2013 Many Thanks!

FRED 2012 Conference

Held at the Manhattan Beach Marriott, March 3rd, 2012

2012 Agenda
2012 Sponsors
2012 Exhibitors
2012 Speaker Bios

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