The Issue: Unemployment Among People with Disabilities
In 2011, over a quarter (27%) of working age Americans with disabilities lived in poverty, according to a report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared to 11.9% of people without disabilities. The lack of opportunities for people with disabilities leads to a disproportionate economic disadvantage, and though this may always pose a challenge, it is often felt even more during the holiday season.
The Campaign: Distributing Gifts to People with Disabilities
If 30 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Futures, Inc. can provide a holiday gift and lunch for 10 individuals with disabilities. The recipients may include students and adults from economically disadvantaged situations, as well as individuals who live in group homes or are in the custody of the state of Connecticut. For many, these gifts and lunches may be the only special treat they receive this holiday season. Each additional $30 raised will provide another person with a holiday gift and lunch.
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Working to empower individuals with disabilities to live life to the fullest, Futures, Inc. provides social-skills training, tutoring, independent-living training, and other support services to students and adults with disabilities. At the Futures School—Connecticut’s first community-based special-education school to be approved by the Department of Education—students aged 14–21 receive customized, one-on-one special education in their home communities. These education services include real-world work experience, transportation services, sessions with a full-time counselor, and typically lead to a high-school diploma from Futures School.