It can at times be hard for adults with autism to find their way after graduating school due to many individuals left feeling a sense of disorientation. This obstacle inspired the Sander family in Kansas to start a business ensuring that all adults with autism have the support necessary to reach their goals.
The Sanders family, founded the Dennis J. Sanders III Autism Foundation in 2018 in honor of their son, Dennis, who is on the autism spectrum. According to their website, their Foundation is striving to “provide inclusive and integrated employment opportunities for young adult individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities”.
In order to increase autism awareness, the foundation is collaborating with the Dam Music Festival. A musical festival in Wichita, Kansas, that will donate part of their proceeds to businesses around the area who have agreed to provide jobs for adults with autism.
Additionally, the Foundation is hosting a raffle to fund further events that empower individuals on the spectrum. Raffle tickets cost twenty dollars and can be purchased here. Some of the prizes that can be won from the raffle are a 2018 Dodge Ram vehicle, a flat screen television, and jet skis. Winners will be announced at the Dam Music Festival, which takes place July 25 through July 27th.