Here is important information on the development of Touchdown Communities…
Follow along as we communicate with the autism community in south Jersey and nationally about TDC and it’s mission:
March 12, 2013: We are progressing quickly here at TDC. I’m excited to report many new developments. I hope you don’t mind a bulleted list as that is how I think and write best when I have a lot of things to cover! Ok, here goes…over the last few months we have:
- Worked closely with our attorneys on lots of paperwork, financial projections, and applications. We are very happy to announce that our application for 501c3 status is complete and is pending approval.
- Made contacts with individuals and organizations interested in fundraising for TDC. This is beyond exciting to start to see the building commitment to our vision.
- Met incredible people with stories to share and talents to lend to TDC’s mission. One of the attorneys we are working with shared with us a very personal story of her brother who has autism. At one of our meetings, she recalled her mother’s undying commitment to improving services for her brother and others living with disabilities. Her brother is now an adult and she easily relates to our mission and purpose at TDC. It was a very natural fit working with this attorney!
- Organized a team of committed and talented volunteers to help with various areas of development.
- Tim Downes, our founder, got (another) new hip! He’s still recovering but hasn’t let a rough winter hold him down. His vision and passion continues to drive us all forward. He’s looking forward to a warm (and productive) spring.
- Looked at a variety of programs serving adults with autism and related disorders including both day programs and living communities. We will continue to look at what is working and what isn’t.
- Considered the medical needs of the adult autism population and what will be required in every TDC.
- Considered the need for those impacted with autism themselves to be a part of TDC’s planning and ongoing operations. It is their community. They should have an enormous amount of input and they will.
- Focused on the development of day to day operations, activities, and programs that TDC will offer adults with autism – resources for employment, supporting ongoing education and training, personal coaching that will guide success, recreational activities, etc.
OK, that’s a quick update. I hope you see something you like in this list. We need your support more than ever. This is a lot to tackle but we are up for it. We hope you will take the challenge on with us.
October 22, 2012: Tim Downes addresses the parents and organizers of a South Jersey special needs basketball league,
I would like to thank the Newman’s for letting me introduce the touchdown communities to you. The TDC is a community based living environment for children with Autism. In short it incorporates all the things we want for our children to have available as they transition into adulthood. The communities will start in S Jersey and will be offered nationwide. Keys to our success will mostly be determined by folks like us. Sustainability for decades and beyond will be the difference we can bank on. State of the art facilities and services will never be compromised. This will attract private and public money. I have already met with the Governor, countless lenders some who have socially conscience lending programs, and national builders. The need is real as we know. The funding is available. We just need to figure out how to plug it in.. Please go to the website at www.touchdowncommunities.
com It spells out our game plan. Also leave your emails, share the site with as many people as possible. and together we can realize the hope that we all have. I am always here, my cell is 856-296-3315
October 23, 2012: The launch of TDC with parents of children with autism and related disorders far and wide:
I would like to share something amazing with you all. Over the last few months, I have had the honor of being involved in bringing a vision only a parent of a child with ASD (and an understanding of RDI) could possess. It is called Touchdown Communities and it was born within the heart of one of our KidsAhead clients, Tim Downes.
Tim may look like the former football player & savvy businessman he is, but, perhaps just like you, he is a parent worrying about the quality of life his children will have as they enter adulthood. Tim is the father to three amazing kids, two who have autism. As they approach adulthood, he is working tirelessly to build the first of
many Touchdown Communities right here in south Jersey. TDC will embody everything we all know that help determine a quality of life for every person as they enter adulthood: close relationships, meaningful employment, a place to call their own (in the form of semi-independent living), competency, and shared experiences with family & friends.
We will need your support and unbelievable strength as we (literally) build TDC from the ground up. Please visit the new website for more info and to support this huge undertaking: www.Touchdowncommunities.com
If you just want to ask Tim questions about TDC and it’s mission, just give one of us a call or send an email & we’ll start the talking!!