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2014 Sponsors

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


Golden Heart Ranch


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



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 to learn more about the great work being generated there on behalf of adults with autism.




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


Autism Speaks



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



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.



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





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