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Sprouting Opportunities; Connecting people, families, and communities.
To provide both education and support to families, communities, and individuals. To create new job opportunities for young adults with autism and/or special needs. To continue teaching life skills and social skills to young adults. To purchase a farm and create more jobs and programs for those with special needs.
The idea for this organization sprouted from the concern of our founders Maryanne Dobbs-Tisera and Colleen Sumner (Wells) had for their children's' future. Many families face a stressful and unique dilemma as their special needs children grow up. There is a serious lack of programs and services available to young adults as they transition out of traditional education programs. These individuals and families are quite frequently left high and dry when their child turns 21 years old. As these concerns germinated in the backs of their minds, they decided to bring together a team of educators, therapists, consultants, community leaders and most importantly PARENTS. The founding board of Sprouting Connections is equal parts parents of special needs and highly trained and experienced professionals. Our goal is to raise awareness for this forgotten segment of society, connect families with resources and services they didn't know were available, as well as run top quality transition programs for young adults. We aim to serve a wide range of special needs and mental health concerns throughout the South Jersey area. Our programs will incorporate the knowledge and experience of our multidisciplinary team while having a solid foundation in whole person approach, evidence based interventions and positive behavior supports.