Donations

Achieve welcomes donations of any size (www.gofundme.com/achieve-inc)

Why Donate: 

Donations to Achieve, Inc. will assist in providing paid, hands-on experience to an under-served sub-population (teens and young adults with learning disabilities such as autism, ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, and nonverbal learning disability.) The skills acquired (money-handling, customer service, critical thinking, and social skills) will enable special needs teens and young adults the ability to earn wages and secure jobs. Earning a wage will give this special population confidence and incentives to continue to develop skills that will make them more likely to successfully maintain long-term employment.

There is no programming in Chaffee County addressing the needs of the learning-disabled population who are relatively high-functioning and have the potential to become independent. Starpoint addresses the needs of people with more severe cognitive disabilities. Most of Achieve’s program participants do not qualify for Starpoint. 

Recent studies show that people with learning disabilities face significant hurdles in obtaining and maintaining employment. A whopping 85% of college grads affected by autism are unemployed, compared to the national unemployment rate of 4.5% (Market Watch, 4/2/19). The vast majority of adults with autism are either unemployed or underemployed, with estimates ranging to as high as 90% (Autism Speaks website, 10/8/2019). 

Often because of deficits in social skills, the learning-disabled population frequently do not have opportunities to participate in activities that build social and executive function skills. As children, they are often excluded from team sports, extracurricular activities, and social opportunities. This translates to a lack of confidence that carries on as they age, ultimately affecting their ability to succeed in the job market.

The majority of these folks simply join the ranks of the unemployed, often spiraling into depression and a lack of self-worth. Adults with learning disabilities have 46% higher odds of having attempted suicide than their peers without learning problems (even when other risk factors including socio-demographics such as substance abuse, race, sex, income and education are taken into account) (Fuller-Thomson, University of Toronto). 

Donating to Achieve will help address these issues by teaching this under-served population marketable job skills. In addition to running an actual business, Achieve sponsors informal social activities enabling program participants to work on social skills, networking, and team-building.

Achieve welcomes donations of any size (www.gofundme.com/achieve-inc)
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