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At In Flight, Inc., we empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach for their hopes and dreams and support a meaningful quality of life.
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to live a meaningful life, filled with purpose and independence. One of the ways In Flight is trying to empower people with intellect and developmental disabilities (I/DD), is by knocking down the barriers that lead to a purposeful and independent life. However, we cannot do it alone.
The additional cost of having a disability averages an additional $17,690 more per year yet, statistics show currently only 1 in 3 eligible adults with I/DD are employed - leading to an unemployment rate of 1.2 million people for those with a disability. While many with disabilities are desiring employment or currently hold employment, the average salary people with disabilties holds is only $36,400, causing 28% of the population to live in poverty. Additionally, out of 1,000 individuals who participate in a Supportive Employment services annually, 800 of them will lose their jobs. This is due to the significant barriers of employment that are limiting their potential. These barriers include transportation challenges, behavioral issues, and a lack of employable skills.
In Flight acknowledges these barriers and is addressing them by providing essential resources to our program participants. However, we need your support further our vision and make it a reality. Our ambitious goal is to raise $100,000, which will be dedicated to advancing our program participants potential, lead a purposeful life, and be as independent as possible:
1. Driving Simulators for the I-SAIL (Success Academy for Independent Living): Your donations will enable us to install cutting-edge driving simulators, allowing us to assess the ability of our participants to drive safely. With customized driving lessons in a safe environment, we can help them gain a crucial life skill—increasing their independence and opening new opportunities.
2. Technology for Learning and Independence: In today's digital world, online skills are vital for personal independence and employability. Your support will provide laptops and smartboards to our programs, helping our participants learn essential skills such as online banking, transportation scheduling, and software proficiency. These skills are essential for their journey toward independence and employment.
3. Hands-On Vocational Training: We believe in hands-on learning experiences. With your generous donations, we plan to introduce vocational training opportunities through an ice cream truck or a hot dog wagon. These ventures will not only teach practical skills but also instill confidence and a sense of purpose in our participants, setting them on a path to sustainable employment.
As we embark on this exciting journey, we are thrilled to share that we have already raised $24,000 towards our $100,000 goal. However, we need your continued support to reach the finish line and make a lasting impact on the lives of those we serve.
Your tax-deductible donation can make a real difference in breaking down the barriers that individuals with disabilities face daily. No contribution is too small, and every dollar brings us closer to our goal. Your generosity has already made a significant impact, and with your continued support, we can empower more individuals to chase their dreams.