Arts & Crafts for Special Needs!

$665 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 39 months
Hi,  My name is Adriene Radcliffe, and I recently left my corporate position after 28 years to open and arts and crafts studio in my small town of Oxford, CT and spend more time with my family.  There are not many things for kids to do in this area and I hope to give both kids and adults a fun and inexpensive experience. 

My son Raymond has Autism, and I've come to learn about so many of the people in our area who have special needs.  

I would very much like to offer free arts and crafts classes and studio time to special needs programs and individuals that are in New Haven and Fairfield County Connecticut.

Many special needs individuals do not like crowded, or noisy environments.  I would like to dedicate some studio time as "sensory friendly" with lower lighting, and quiet music and fewer patrons.  The $6000 raised would provide enough materials and allow me to dedicate studio time (leased space) for this purpose.

If you have someone in your family with special needs or a friend who has a child with special needs, then you understand and can help me spread the word about my Campaign for Art for Special Needs.

I'm hoping to spread this through Facebook, and If I can find 6,000 people to GIVE $1 each to this cause, I will have met my goal.
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Hi, I just wanted to provide an update to everyone. Recently, someone passed a bad $100 bill to my studio. It passed the "pen test" but apparently failed the black light test. I do not have a black light in my studio. I am so upset that this would happen. I have special needs literature, stickers, and autism car magnets at my register. The bank turned it over to the FBI and we provided details on the day it was turned in along with any pictures we took during those events.

Now more than ever, while I have 5 events scheduled for the Kennedy Center, a local organization that provides community outreach for those with Autism, I ask if you would be willing to donate even a single dollar to this fund. Thank you for helping, or even just sharing this with your friends!
Bank note receipt of the false $100
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I'm gathering materials and then I'm off to ACES in North Haven to do Christmas Ornaments for the kids with their finger prints to take home to their parents. Wow, I have never been more RICH in my life! Thank you to everyone who gave to my fund... this is what I'm using it for! On DEC 22 a special needs class will also be in the studio for a special day of arts and crafts
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Greetings everyone and thank you for your support. I'm at about 10% of the goal I established, and will be moving ahead by offering free classes to ACES Village School in North Haven. I have been in touch with the room 6 teacher and she's going to give me a date for her class. I'll be sure to get permission and post pictures!
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Thank you to everyone who has donated to gofundme/arts4specials

When my studio is open, I'll be contacting ACES to have them come in for a session and invite them to my grand opening!

I pulled the pedestal sink from the studio bathroom to install one that is wheelchair height friendly. My plummer is installing it next week!

Thanks for your support and if you know someone with special needs, then please give even a small amount if you can. Having a child or family member with special needs is a challenge in itself, finding affordable activities that are special needs friendly is even more challenging.

Thanks again and spread the word!
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$665 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 39 months
Created September 15, 2015
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Laura Simone
36 months ago
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Adriene, I am so impressed by your courage. I hope this is so successful that others are also inspired to give back in such a huge manner.

MK
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Mary-Kay Kaminski
38 months ago
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GREAT cause!!

FD
$100
FRANCO DELL'OLIO
38 months ago
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God Bless you Adriene!

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Anonymous
39 months ago
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DB
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Diane Birtha
39 months ago
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Can not think of a more admirable choice in professions while giving back to your son and the community. Love Always Diane & Bryon =)

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