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Mission:

The mission of the SAGE Crossing Foundation is to create - and to help others create - farm-based programs where adults with autism can pursue supported, dignified, meaningful lives in concert with each other, and with their community. SAGE seeks to design models for developing and maintaining programs that can be reproduced on small farms, orchards, ranches, or other agricultural settings in Massachusetts and throughout the United States. SAGE is committed to programs that include the arts - painting, sculpture, ceramics, music, crafts - as an essential part of a fulfilling life. It is our hope that the first SAGE Crossing Farm will lead to many more.

Coming Soon - SAGE at TILL Farmstead Program:

SAGE Crossing Foundation, Inc. and TILL (Toward Independent Living and Learning) are collaborating to open a full-time farm-based day program for adults with autism, aiming for Spring 2014. We are currently working to identify a specific site, but we expect it to be located in the DDS Northeast Region. Click here for additional information, and watch this space for further news about this exciting project. In the meantime, if you are the parent or guardian of a potential participant in this program, contact SAGE Vice President Carol Fernandez. (Carol@SAGECrossingFoundation.org).

SAGE Sculpture Workshop (November 2013):

Nora Valdez, international artist, sculptor and educator led the four-session workshop on Sundays during November 2013 at the Paul Center in Chelmsford. In a world where self-image and self-confidence are often thorny issues for young adults and the ability to simply SEE oneself is a miracle for those on the spectrum – it is wonderful for young adults with autism (and their parents) to be part of such an open atmosphere for exploration and to experience the terrific results under Nora’s warm and skillful direction. See the blog for reports and photos from the workshop.

Autism on the Farm: A Story of Triumph, Possibility and a Place Called Bittersweet

a $2.99 e-book by our Founding President, Linda H. Davis, is the story of the remarkable Bittersweet Farms, the oldest United States farmstead exclusively for adults with autism. Now entering its thirty first year, Bittersweet has proved an enduring model. Parents and educators travel to Ohio from all over the world to study it, and yet it remains an oddly open secret. Weaving together stories of some of the dedicated people who brought Bittersweet to life with portraits of memorable autistic adults who found meaningful lives on the farm, here is a deeply human – and cautionary – tale. As the diagnosis of autism continues to skyrocket, and society tries to figure out how to address the crisis in employment and care while hobbled by a slowly recovering economy, here is an answer: a program tailored to meet individual needs while working for adults on all ends of the autism spectrum.

Moving Out: A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities

by T.I.L.L. founder and President Dafna Krouk-Gordon and SAGE Trustee Barbara D. Jackins, helps parents and guardians find the right residential situation for an adult child with an intellectual disability. The authors share decades of experience counseling families on housing options to help parents prepare themselves and their children for a new living arrangement. You can use this authoritative guide (full of checklists and forms) to make educated decisions and secure the housing that's best for your child and family.

Updated Analysis of the Future Growth in Adult Autism:

We have updated our often-cited study on future growth in the adult autistic population in the U.S., and its likely costs. The updated report, "Economic Impact of Adult Autism 2014-2028," uses new data and some new estimation techniques to extend and deepen the analysis. An important new feature in this update is a set of appendices providing projections for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The original report provided national totals only.

   
      SAGE Sculpture Workshop: Autism and Self-portraits - Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four - Young adults with autism learn to see themselves, and to turn that experience into art.
      SAGE Summer/Fall farm and research program - Young men on the spectrum help collect data on bionutrient farming techniques, and learn to grow pumpkins.
      A look at three successful farm-based programs for people with autism and other disabilities - Learning from programs combining effective treatment and financial sustainability.
      Economic impact of autistic children dntering adulthood - By 2028: 395,000 children with autism graduating to adult services, costing $18 billion annually.
      Autism's crisis in care - A crisis in care for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities is upon us, and it involves all of society.
   
Drumlin Farm crew
Elm Hill chicken coop crew
feeding the sheep
animal husbandry
Elm Hill horticulture
Elm Hill construction

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