The Associated Advocacy Center-Visions for the Future, Inc. is a national Massachusetts-based 501c3 educational advocacy and consultancy organization, which was founded on April 1, 2001, by Toni Saunders and Barbara Silva. From the beginning, Toni and Barbara formed a Board of Directors and had offices in both Sandwich and Brockton. The organization acquired its nonprofit status with an advanced ruling period from April 1 to December 31, 2001 Although Barbara is no longer with the organization; over the past several years, we have expanded to cover all of New England. Wherever we are needed, we are there.
Our organization’s charter was developed to provide a sliding scale fee for parents of children with special needs who are eligible for a free or reduced lunch. Parents of English Language Learners, minority, as well as at-risk youth are encouraged to contact us, because we believe that every child should have representation when they’re not making effective progress in school.
Statistics show that special needs students who are low income, immigrants, and minorities are the national subgroups that are not graduating at the rate of their white peers. These children are the least likely to graduate and most likely to be referred for suspension, retention and/or to the juvenile justice system. The uncomfortable reality is, that most adults who were not properly educated cannot get a job that sustains adulthood. Many are not prepared throughout their educational career to have skills that can maintain a job, family and many times, themselves.
As of 2016, only 17.9% of people with disabilities were employed. In other words, they have an 82.1% unemployment rate. Also, of the 17.9%, 34% of them only worked part time. Across all age groups, persons with a disability were much less likely to be employed than those with no disability. One of the most pertinent reasons for this phenomenon is a lack of education and skills. Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics-2017
Helping your child break through the first glass ceiling is our ultimate goal, while aiming to increase the educational outcomes of children with disabilities. For those who are able, we strive to provide them with all the necessary tools to pass the graduation requirements, graduate high school with a diploma, and transition to college or vocational training, in order to become gainfully employed. To help them to have a viable future that makes them happy.