Aurelia: \a(u)-re-lia\ as a girl's name is pronounced aw-REEL-yah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Aurelia is "golden light".
The Aurelia Foundation was created by parents of special needs individuals to establish programs to encourage discovery and development of their unique talents and abilities as they leave the school system and enter community life. Our mission is to create state of the art adult day programs for young adults with moderately severe to extremely severe disabilities. Our programs will offer enriching learning experiences and a curriculum based upon the individual learning styles and abilities of each young adult.
The typical college experience is not within the grasp of these young adults however that does not mean that they cannot continue to learn, in their own way, after their special needs high school and transition program has been completed. Along with teaching skills of daily living, we will be offering:
- Art and music therapies, lessons and performance opportunities
- Computer skills on every level to optimize language and communication abilities
- Interaction with the community with guest teachers (for example, local chefs providing cooking lessons or local musicians and artists teaching and performing
- Field trips to museums, historical sites, workplaces, etc.
While educating these challenged young adults is difficult, it is by no means impossible. An individualized program in an environment filled with love, support and optimism will enable them to continue learning, and become as happy, educated, skilled and independent as possible.