We have some exciting news to share with you!
We have received a very moving letter from a couple who has offered to match donations made to Neurodiversity Pathways. While the donors are requesting to remain anonymous, they believe strongly in our mission and are personally grateful for the impact our program has made in their lives and the life of their son.
As parents of an autistic child, they were concerned about their son’s future. Would he find rewarding and sustained employment? Would he be able to live an independent life? How would he realize his potential and live his fullest life?
Well, today their son has full-time meaningful employment, is living independently, and is proud to be a taxpaying citizen. His parents attribute his success to our program and services.
The couple has offered to match dollar-for-dollar every individual donation, up to a total of $25,000. Please contribute now to our mission and double your donation. The matching challenge begins now and continues through December 31, 2020.
Each year in the US, about 67,000 autistic children turn 18. Sixty percent or about 40,000 have no or only a mild level of intellectual disability. They are capable of higher educational and employment outcomes. Only about 23,000 enter a 2 or a 4 year college and most of them do not disclose their disability to the college. Of those that disclose, about 2,600 graduate with an Associate or bachelors degree. We do not know how many graduate without disclosing. Nor do we know how many of them end up in paid employment. What we do do know is only 14% of all autistic adults have a paid employment in a community integrated setting.
Over the last three years, we have conducted multiple workplace readiness program sessions with an average of seven students per cohort. The overall completion rate for these cohorts is 93% and we have placed 67% of our alumni in hiring companies throughout the country. We feel confident that our mission is vital and our approach has meaningful traction.
To address the growing demands of the program and to scale and intensify our impact, our goals are the following:
To accomplish this growth and significantly broaden our social impact, we need to raise $1M by end of December 2021. Your support helps make more and more neurodivergent individuals reach their fullest potential and be seen, heard, and known in the workplace.
Neurodiversity Pathways is a social impact program of Goodwill of Silicon Valley, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation. Please keep this written acknowledgment of your donation for your tax records. Please consult with your tax advisor or the IRS to determine value of your tax deductible contribution. Thank you for your contribution.