Foundation For Disabled Youths

Foundation For Disabled Youths

Foundation for Disabled Youths (FFDY) is a grass-root non-profit organization established in 2004 in the San Gabriel , California area. The organization was formed and maintained by a group of AAPI volunteer parents of disabled youths. The goal is to provide a platform for both the special needs

Foundation For Disabled Youths

Foundation for Disabled Youths (FFDY) is a grass-root non-profit organization established in 2004 in the San Gabriel , California area. The organization was formed and maintained by a group of AAPI volunteer parents of disabled youths. The goal is to provide a platform for both the special needs youths with a social recreation program, a resource hub for the parents and moving forward, we plan to train a group of neuro-typical youths to work alongside for power building by doing coalition building and advocacy work. Our work has been extensive in serving families in a historically under-served and under-funded geographical location of the San Gabriel valley. Our population is AAPI I/DD, intellectually/developmentally delayed participants as well as the neuro-typical youths from our local high school and community colleges. Our work has been to provide social recreation programming for both categories of youths. While on the one hand we serve the I/DD individuals, we also train the neuro-typical youths to work with the I/DD youths. Thus, creating a power building module in that the injustice and disparity of service access is being leveraged by our program as well as by our training of the neuro-typical youths in understanding their power to advocate and serve.

About the Organization:

Foundation for Disabled Youths (FFDY) is a grass-root non-profit organization established in 2004 in the San Gabriel , California area. The organization was formed and maintained by a group of AAPI volunteer parents of disabled youths. The goal is to provide a platform for both the special needs youths with a social recreation program, a resource hub for the parents and moving forward, we plan to train a group of neuro-typical youths to work alongside for power building by doing coalition building and advocacy work. Our work has been extensive in serving families in a historically under-served and under-funded geographical location of the San Gabriel valley. Our population is AAPI I/DD, intellectually/developmentally delayed participants as well as the neuro-typical youths from our local high school and community colleges. Our work has been to provide social recreation programming for both categories of youths. While on the one hand we serve the I/DD individuals, we also train the neuro-typical youths to work with the I/DD youths. Thus, creating a power building module in that the injustice and disparity of service access is being leveraged by our program as well as by our training of the neuro-typical youths in understanding their power to advocate and serve.

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

16-20 YEARS

The Issue:

We believe that people with I/DD (Intellectual/developmental delay} have the right to participate in every aspect of society and enjoy life. However, at present, the access is limited due to the lack of funding and education. To both ends, our group, Foundation for Disabled Youths strife to create a platform to serve these individuals with quality social recreation programs and training for greater awareness to advocate and promote their plight. Issues: 1. the lack of "safe" evidenced based appropriate social recreation programs for the I/DD due to the lack of funding; 2. the lack of training in both the operation of these programs, the lack of knowledgeable articulate advocates to promote our cause and the lack of education of the community at large to include and embrace this population.

The Solution:

The first is the effort to drive a broader and larger base of people by fortifying and expanding our program to reach a greater number of participants in our Asian community who had historically been neglected and had not been provided opportunity to participate in the greater community. Our program will allow them a more enriching social recreation platform that will allow for greater inclusion and accessibility. With the expansion of our services, we will also be able to do more community organizing by recruiting and including the youths from our local high schools and college students who will be educated about the needs of our Special needs community. The history of our under-served AAPI population will be introduced as well as the youths will work directly with our I/DD participants to gain a first hand experience of the challenges we encounter. In this process, the hope is to train a group of young leaders who will be the instigators of change. The coalition building process will move along with our programming to ensure that both the I/DD population get better services while we also educate, empower and allow for the participatory process which will include such components as internships and research that will create both the policy and programming changes.

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