Provide Scholarships for Adults with Disabilities

by Specially Adapted Resource Clubs (SPARC)
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Summary

This project establishes a fund for adults with disabilities to attend SPARC without paying the monthly membership fee. We help participants with lifelong and vocational learning, and make it easy to attend vocational and like skills classes at low prices. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need.
$5,000.00
total goal
$4,580.00
remaining
11
donors
0
monthly donors
1
year active

Challenge

Young adults from the age of 21 are forced to make their own way in our world, even if they have disabilities. Some young adults are even encouraged to graduate early, ensuring they don't receive educational resources to which they are entitled. The Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice criticized Virginia's assistance for adults with disabilities multiple times, but even with that attention, more than 9,500 people remain on a multi-year waiting list for assistance.

Solution

SPARC provides day support in 3 Virginia communities to more than 30 people. In addition to art and music therapy, our proprietary Circuit Train Your Brain program allows for lifelong learning. Through our collaboration with JSSA, vocational and life skills classes are available multiple times through the year for each participant at greatly reduced prices.

Long-Term Impact

We will provide educational and support services for more than 35 people in the communities we serve. Many will move on to work programs or otherwise socialize themselves into the community. Others attend SPARC instead of simply being trapped at home with little or no outside interaction. After a bootstrapped start, we opened our second location in October 2011 and our third in February 2015. Each location helps 10-14 adults in the local community.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.sparcsolutions.org
SPARC Official Website

Organization Information

Specially Adapted Resource Clubs (SPARC)

Location: Burke, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.sparcsolutions.org
Project Leader:
Donna Goldbranson
Burke, VA United States

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