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When teens finish high school they have many choices; university, college, travel, work or other alternatives.
When young adults with special needs finish high school- they have few options. In addition, they have chronologically outgrown social programs and possibilities. DANI is a parent driven group that offers young adults a unique opportunity for personal growth while establishing connections to the community and building an identity.
There is a growing, desperate and essential need for our young adults to spend meaningful days as valued and contributing members of society.
There is an emerging and crucial need for our young adults to become strong advocates for themselves. DANI helps guide that necessary voice.
One of DANI’s goals is an emotional transition from a state of learned helplessness to supported independence, from the child who remains silent and is told by others what to do to the adult who can advocate for himself and create his own life.
There are numerous benefits. The rewards for the young adults are certainly abundant. However, the community members also gain by meeting and strengthening relationships with DANI participants. In turn, that development will have a ripple effect extending to social programs, synagogues, neighborhoods and many more possibilities. A safe sense of warmth will then envelope our young adults in the community.