The Adventurers Academy's mission is to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Austin, Texas area connect with the community, develop greater lifelong independence, and achieve their full potential, through a variety of social, educational, recreational and vocational experiences.
Our organization works to bring unique and exciting experiences to the amazing individuals we love and serve through a variety of programs. We offer daily continuing education opportunities at the Adventurers Academy, community outings, overnight experiences, educational travel, volunteering, and vocational training.
Much has happened over the past year with the Adventurers. We've moved to a new, permanent location in Manchaca, Texas. We've purchased a new 15-passenger bus. We've continued to develop our programs with new classes and activities. We've grown to over 40 regular participants.
At any given time, Adventurers can be found at our own Friday bowling league, learning in a class at the Adventurers Academy, or about town at music concerts, dinners, movies, museums, sporting events, and more! The Adventurers are committed to providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to learn outside of classroom walls, all over Texas and across the United States. We are especially looking forward to our next educational travel Adventure to explore the piney woods of East Texas!
We believe that all individuals have to right to experience the community and continue learning. With your donation The Adventurers Academy will continue to provide exciting new opportunities to an even greater number of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Impact StatementIndividuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities face challenges in many areas of daily life, including self-care, language, learning, mobility, and capacity for independent living. Perhaps their challenges are best described by family members closest to them:
- "What will your child do when he or she graduates from high school? - AC
- "My daughter needs to CONTINUE LEARNING." - KM
- "When our daughter, who has Down Syndrome, completed her public school education
Needs StatementFees paid by participants, privately or through state funds available to them, provide only a portion of the actual cost of Adventurers experiences. Donations from our supporters make up the difference and make our programs available to families at a reasonable cost.
Specifically, funds raised in this campaign will help
- increase our capacity to serve more individuals
- provide new activities and experiences
- continue the outstanding programs we now offer.
Thank you for your support!
- Kim E., Parent of an Adventurer
"There is nothing more rewarding as a parent of a special needs young adult, than picking up your son or daughter and they are smiling from ear to ear and are so anxious to tell you about their day. As a parent, I know my child is being challenged and treated with the respect he or she deserves. It makes me proud to be part of such an organization."
- Debbie S., Parent of an Adventurer
"I like the Adventurers because everybody is so nice to me. I also love going on field trips with all of my friends and have a great time with all my friends by talking to them all."
- Annie J, Adventurer
"Because I was a special education teacher of younger children for 38 years, I always worried what would become of them as adults. The Adventurers Academy of Lifelong Learning is a perfect example of what I would have wished each one of those young children were able to experience as adults. It involves a social network, job training, everyday life skills and continued academic education all rolled into one. The structure is sound, exciting, motivating and rich in all aspects of their needs."
- Marsha Hughes, Retired Special Educator and member of Adventurers Academy Board of Directors
"The Adventurers are a powerful reminder that no obstacle is impossible to overcome. It doesn't matter who you are, or where you come from. Nothing should stand in your way to living life to the fullest."
- Matt Peyton, Member of Adventurers Academy Board of Directors