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What is FRED?

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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
LAX Marriott  5855 W Century Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045
Friday  and Saturday

The LAX Marriott has rooms available at a discounted price of $125 + taxes for FRED. Please reference FRED  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

Helping Hand

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

Aging parents cannot provide the quality of life adults deserve

Helpful

Resources

Learn More

Autism Speaks – National Housing Survey
Autism College 

Event Poster

FRED 2014 Poster

2014 FRED Conference Proceedings

Over 50% of parents report clinical depression

In the News

Media

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

Interesting Places

Farms Map

List of Adult Living Communities

Farms and Ranches for the Special Needs community…

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Adequate living, employment, recreational and social options don’t nearly cover the numbers of adults in need

The FRED

Blog Section

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 […]

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 […]

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

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Past Conferences

FRED 2014 Conference

A few hundred parents, professionals and self-advocates gathered in Los Angeles to share information, ideas and best practices for FRED 2014.

Held at the LAX Marriott, March 28-29, 2014

2014 Event Agenda
2014 Sponsors
2014 Exhibitors
2014 Speaker Bios
2014 Awards
2014 Dinner and Show

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 Conference Proceedings
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

Upwards of 70% of adults with special needs report isolation and depression

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