“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 88 American children is on the autism spectrum. This number represents a ten-fold increase in 40 years with research showing that improved diagnosis is only partly the reason for such staggering numbers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 80% of Americans experiencing disability are unemployed while roughly 8% of able-bodied people are currently jobless.
It is fair to say then that if these trends continue, our country will see an alarming and unprecedented number of people with disabilities experiencing unemployment in the next decade. It is time for a paradigm shift in our approach to putting people with disabilities to work.
Hope Farms Project is one of a growing number of organizations in Colorado preparing people with disabilities to work. But few organizations focus on careers in agriculture despite the fact that, according to the Colorado Rural Development Council, only ten out of 64 counties in Colorado are designated as urban. At Hope Farms Project, we give people the training they need to be gainfully employed in urban or rural areas which allows them to stay in their communities of choice and be productive citizens.
Hope Farms offers animal-assisted, nature-based programs for youth, people with disabilities or brain injury and their families in a ranch setting. Participants experience greater self-sufficiency, empowerment and resiliency.
- Day Program
- Equine-Assisted Small Group Workshops
- Equine Services for Outside Professionals
- Vocational Training
- Youth Experience