We grew up with an aunt with special needs who completely transformed after she found a job that fit her abilities. We saw a glow in her - one of pride, confidence and purpose. This fueled our desire to extend our reach to adults with special needs who severely lack vocational training opportunities.
A few months after launching, we began partnerships with St. Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. School for Exceptional Children and LifeStyles Academy to help bolster their job training programs. We added Southwest Cook County Cooperative Transition Program and the Adult Transition Program at Community High School District 218 as partners in 2017 and 2018, respectively. We continue to provide these four programs with projects that contribute to the development of job readiness skills. Our partners with autism and other disabilities help laminate, velcro, polyseal, sort and assemble our products. We see that same glow in them as we saw in our aunt.
We are proud to create this ecosystem of impact: we engage adults with special needs to help prepare products that benefit children with different abilities and those who love and support them.