What Happens after High School?

The Problem:

Theresa and Austin In the state of Florida, when an individual, with special needs turns 22, they no longer qualify for financial supports to continue their care, therapeutic services, or vocational training. If they do not meet a very specific criteria/skill level, at the age of 22 years old, they do not qualify for the transitional programs (that include vocational therapy and training) available post high school. The remainder of the population has a choice of institutionalization, staying home with a parent, or some other form of custodial care. Some of these individuals are being placed in nursing homes because their “professional guardians” cannot find any other suitable housing for them. Individuals are placed under the care of a “professional guardian” secondary to the deaths or incapacitating illness of their parents.

Many of these individuals have the potential to be contributing members of society, to build relationships, to be part of a community household, and to continue their education and vocational training with successful achievement of employment. Dream Big, Inc. is fighting against the institutionalization of young adults with special needs and striving to provide the supports their families need to continue the battle, for every gain their child makes, towards independence.

To work toward a solution, Dream Big, Inc. is striving to:

  1. Raise awareness regarding the problem.
  2. Promote training for integration into the community.
  3. Launch a Day Program that will provide respite to parents while their child participates in a program that increases their vocational skills, well being, self-care/self-help skills, communication skills, and socialization. Programming is based on skilled clinical and exceptional student education (ESE) experience.
  4. Launch a Residential Center that provides the level of supports an individual needs to be a contributing member in their household as well as facilitate achievement in further education and career development.

Dream Big’s Benefit Award Show – Central Florida’s Talent Showcase

is aimed to increase awareness and raise the funds needed for Phase 1, of our new Respite Care program. Phase 1 will provide twenty (20) families respite and therapeutic programming one (1) day per week. The program will run for forty-five (45) weeks per year. Every family registered can use the service, up to twelve (12) times within the year. In addition, we plan to provide thirty-five (35) families with community scholarships in 2014-2015. These scholarships will help them participate in summer camp programs (sports, art, music programs etc.).

Our long term goal, for the Day Program, is to fund a full work week of comprehensive services. A three-to-five (3-5) year plan is projected to maximize the achievement of this goal.

Consider Joining our Mission, Best Regards,

Antonia Llull – President, Dream Big, Inc.

Dream Big – Realizing Potentials

A Charitable Organization

P.O. Box 160507
Altamonte Springs, FL

Phone: (407) 615-6022
Email: Info@SupportDreamBig.org

We are a charitable organization dedicated to assisting children and young adults with varying exceptionalities in the Central Florida area.

You can help make dreams come true by volunteering your time, sponsoring and attending our events, keeping up with us via our Blog, or simply making a donation below!

Monthly Spotlight

Dear Dream Big Board Members, We want to thank you for the scholarship that we received for our son Danny through the Dream Big Scholarship Fund….

Charity in Action!

Jim Payne truly depicts “Charity in Action”! Jim has served on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Florida among other contributions.

Most Current Event

Central Florida’s Talent Showcase was a success in 2015. Visit Central Florida’s Talent Showcase to learn more! Join us on Facebook for updates on the 3rd annual event, as they happen!