Once they leave school there are not many places for them to go. They need constant care and often cannot be left home alone. Their education stops, which leads them to losing many of the academic and social skills that they have taken years to learn.
The Valentine Center has been a dream of mine for a long time. It will cater to these young adults who will continue to grow socially, academically and have career education five days a week. The Valentine Center will give these young adults with autism, hope, opportunity and goals so they can continue living along with their families.
I have watched my young adult students with autism and developmental disabilities, "Fall off the cliff " when their public school education ends, at the age 21. They are immediately faced with the stark reality of dramatic change in their lives. Graduation from public schools often starts a frightening rapid deterioration of opportunity and quality of life for young adults on the autism spectrum especially those in our inner cities. Today I know a lot of young adults that are home. So I plead with you to help me start this well needed center for are young adults with autism and developmental disabilities by making a tax deductible donation to The Valentine Center. Come and help fulfill this dream. Give hope to families who have children with autism.
Donations made for the benefit of the Valentine Center will go to the Valentine Center Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, a 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of the Community Foundation's Valentine Center Fund is to support the establishment of the Valentine Center. The Community Foundation's employer identification number is 22-2281783.
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