Support Gateway- Become part of the solution!
Research published over the past 5 years has found that autism costs society an estimated $126 billion annually – a number that has tripled since 2006. These costs can be expected to grow exponentially without a better and more comprehensive understanding of the needs of adults with autism and plans for productive, effective, efficient and respectful solutions. This point has been stated clearly by the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism, “Persons with autism spectrum disorders will be served by a public response one way or another – (either by) humane policies and informed programs or by poverty, homelessness, and a dehumanizing criminal justice system.”
How do we, as a society, help this group of citizens achieve their rightful place as participating members of society? How do we support their transition from an all too common status as ‘dependency’ to engaged, involved and, ideally, tax-paying members of their communities?
Gateway is answering the call! We have thriving programs where students find pathways to personal significance through college and career. Over the past 13 years, we have developed work readiness programs, social skills, and behavioral learning programs and have participated in research studies targeting our student population outcomes. Our program leverages small group, relationship-oriented instruction, and highly individualized programs through which graduates and their families develop a new vision for the future.
However, we need your support to continue the programs designed to change the trajectory of our graduates. Equipped with specific, structured, job and relationship skills before they leave high school, our students will become independent adults. With community business partnerships providing internships for our students, they will learn key skills for getting and keeping a job. With individualized coaching and evaluation, Gateway graduates will change the drain on our community.
Our society will be forced to confront the growing issue of these individuals who, because of social or intellectual differences, are not assuming their roles in society. Without intervention, this group of young adults will continue to require assistance or they are at risk of homelessness, institutionalization, or a life of government subsidization.
As a donor of Gateway Academy, you are acting as a social movement leader, contributing to a solution that makes our society stronger, and dramatically improve the lives of these valuable young adults.
Gateway Academy is a community “all in” on the belief that independence is truly meaningful because it equips our students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be contributors to the world around them. We believe that all children, regardless of their differences, have the opportunity to lead self-sufficient lives and we encourage others to see the potential in our students because we have a vision of creating a stronger and more inclusive world. As a member of the Gateway community, we are grateful for your continued support of our mission and your commitment to seeing our vision fulfilled.
As you know, students with differences need more opportunities, more time, and more support than can be provided in a typical school environment. Since we opened our doors in 2006, Gateway Academy has grown and adapted in order to create a community of support for students with differences. In the past twelve years, we have worked with nearly 200 families – families eager to find a safe, structured learning environment for their child, an environment rich with opportunities for their child to gain new levels of competence, confidence, and personal significance.
The reality is, without a community of support, most young adults with learning and social differences do not have a successful transition into adulthood. We are motivated by this reality because we believe we can change it! We know the story for our students does not have to include dependence upon public or government assistance. We know our graduates can navigate relationships, demonstrate work readiness, manage financial obligations, and advocate for themselves. We know our graduates can write a story of self-sufficiency.
At Gateway Academy, we are able to make significant, positive changes in the lives of our students because our programming is oriented around transition – we begin with the end in mind! Our Academics, Social/Emotional Program, Job Skills & Internship Program, and Individualized Transition Planning are fully focused on facilitating the transition to adulthood.
We have set an ambitious goal of $150,000 toward our Annual Fund. Your generous donation allows us to maintain and expand our programming. A generous contribution will impact the lives of sixty families this year – sixty young adults will find success through our community of support, leading lives filled with joy, relationships, and independence.
We hope you will join us in “Changing the Story” for our students and our community!
Make an immediate impact!
The question for parents of children with social and learning differences is: How do I help my child become a functional adult? An alarming number of high school graduates with social and learning differences “fail to launch” and find themselves living at home with parents, unemployed, and failing to leverage the skills and opportunities utilized by their neuro-typical peers. This cycle takes a toll on family and the community. Years of countless amounts of money spent on therapy, social skills training, and special schools add up quickly.
Most of our families are able to support the needs of their children. But each year we turn away families because of a lack of financial support. Gateway Academy makes a commitment each year to award $200,000 to families in need of financial assistance based on income and assets. We need your donation to impact another child in need.
Tuition for one student is $36,600. Your gift will enable us to accept another family as we change their trajectory toward independence.
Finding Solutions for Job Skills
A gift committed to the Internship/Job Skills Program at Gateway Academy will make it possible for us to transform the lives of individuals with learning differences by equipping them with the training and experience they need to succeed as independent adults. Your gift will go directly to giving 1:1 job coaching support at a business in our community. This gift will enable our job coaches to maintain a structure supporting our students on the job. Additionally, our job coaches will impact larger parts of the community through daily coaching of business owners and managers as they learn to support and coach individuals with learning and social differences effectively. Our programming changes the trajectory from a young adult living a life of dependency into a contributing independent adult.