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.