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 create models for developing and maintaining programs that can
be reproduced on small farms, orchards, ranches and other agricultural settings in Massachusetts and throughout
the United States. 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 in December 2013.
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.
"Planting Our Future" Art Auction, June 8:
Come one, come all, to the Garrison House (and Barn) in Chelmsford the evening of June 8. We will be holding our first ever Art Auction. This is a chance to learn more about
the exciting things happening at SAGE, to enjoy good art, music, drink and hors d'oeuvres, and to support your favorite charity (namely, us!).
Click here for the latest details. Meanwhile, think about whether you have any art
worthy of auction that you can donate, or whether you know any artists who would be willing to donate or consign their work. If so, contact Chuck Yanikoski
(President@SAGECrossingFoundation.org). Tickets are $40 (or $75 per couple) - visit our Friends of SAGE page to pay by check or Paypal.
2013 Summer Farm Program:
SAGE is also looking at options for our next summer program, which will probably be held at a new location.
For more information, or to express interest in your child's participation, contact Linda Davis
(Linda@SAGECrossingFoundation.org), or keep an eye on this space for further news.
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 Updates Long-Term Plan:
Our "2013-2016 Strategic Plan," was approved at the March 20, 2013 Board of Trustees meeting
and is now available for public perusal. It reflects our revised mission statement, and our goals not only to work with other organizations to create
farm-based programs for adults with autism, but in the longer run to push for the creation of a government or philanthropic fund to help agencies and parent groups
wanting to establish such programs get over the financial hurdles.
Save the Date - our annual Fall Gala on October 5:
Venue and other details to be announced. We have a fine tradition of classy annual galas, so if you've been to
one before, we trust you'll be eager to come again. And if you haven't, plan to have a really nice night out.