"Wayfinders helped me find a job that best suited my needs and strengths. I liked how there I received support in all domains. Staff was really helpful in my learning of how to clean, cook, and be a successful student."
-Jeff Mintz, Santa Barbara, CA
"While attending Wayfinders, I became an advocate and followed my dreams for the future!"
-Nathan Lumpkin III, Antioch, CA
"Wayfinders helped me to learn how to take good notes, manage my calendar and time, shop for groceries independently, cook safely, and live within my budget. I enjoyed going to Fresno State classes, making new friends, and gaining work experience."
-Peter Economy Jr., Fresno, CA
"Wayfinders taught me how to be healthy and how to budget money wisely. My favorite parts the program were going to fun activities with friends, participating in activities like swimming and soccer, and making new friends."
-Andrea Halliday, Pleasant Hill, CA
"I learned so much at Wayfinders! I loved my cooking, hip-hop and art classes. I learned to manage my money and report my wages to SSI. I learned to believe in myself and do things on my own."
-Marissa Erickson, Alameda, CA
"There are not enough good things for me to say about Wayfinders and what it's done for our family. Our goal for our son has always been to gain as much independence as possible. In 2 short years, he gained far more than any of us ever imagined. He made progress in every domain and his life has completely changed as a result. This young man that specialists told us would likely never gain meaningful communication/language abilities, gave a speech that people understood! Wayfinders is a model for inclusive education and promoting self-determination and self-advocacy for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Participants in Wayfinders turn their potential into progress with just the right level of supports and encouragement."
-Angela Mason, Novato, CA
"A cutting edge program and the best experience for our son on the spectrum. All of the staff are invested and share the values of independent living successfully. If we were to have the opportunity to do it over gain, all we could ask for is a few more years. Thankful for such an opportunity for our son."
-Tiffany Herron-Lumpkin, East Bay, CA
"It was wonderful to watch our son blossom from a shy, quiet boy to a confident, independent, and funny young man during his time at Wayfinders. The support he received from his coaches and case manager helped him accomplish his goal of independence."
-Carol Michael, Sacramento, CA
"Our son had a remarkable experience at Wayfinders, and we were very pleased with his teachers, coaches, and other staff. We especially liked the efforts Wayfinders made to integrate our son and the other program participants into the general student body -- living in an apartment building just off campus where many students live, taking regular classes, and participating in student activities such as going to concerts and basketball and other varsity games. My wife and I highly recommend the Wayfinders program at Fresno State -- our son achieved his dream of attending college while expanding his independent living skills, and his confidence grew as a direct result."
- Peter Economy Sr., San Diego, CA
"We are very happy with the mature, self-confident young woman our daughter has become while she was away at the Wayfinders program. Wayfinders gave her the opportunity to be successful while learning important life skills and independent living skills in a nurturing, supportive environment. We are very grateful to the staff and coaches for providing her with the tools she'll need to live a rich, fulfilling, and meaningful life."
- Vicky Halliday, Pleasant Hill, CA
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