Create a sustainable, supportive residential base for high-functioning members of the special needs community. Our goal is to provide a flexible, guiding culture for our participants, including support programs for job security, complete health wellness, and social integration.
The SAIL Foundation was established by parents of young adult men with disabilities and supportive members of our communities. “Our boys” have difficulty maintaining employment and social contacts. Their high-functioning abilities frequently disqualify them from receiving appropriate social services or public assistance that is more readily available to women, children, and those with more obvious physical disabilities.
Some of our sons have suffered from Post-Traumatic-Stress-Syndrome (PTSD), have Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), or have Aspergers Syndrome, which is on the Autism Spectrum.
Because their disabilities are not so obvious, this group is largely neglected in our society. Most individuals in this group go through life with the least amount of help from our communities.
As a result, parents take on the role of provider, counselor, job coach, and even chauffeur. As the parents age, this question looms large:
“What will they do when we are gone?”
Our desire is to develop a self-sustaining program to equip and support these men when parents are no longer able to care for them.
TBI and Aspergers rates are statistically higher for males than they are for females
Only 16.% of people with disabilities are employed
In U.S. communities, victimization is 4—10x more likely to affect those with disabilities