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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Citizen Participation, Human Services, Recreational Clubs, Sports

Mission:

New Directions for people withdisabilities, inc. provides leisure and educational travel opportunities forpeople with developmental disabilities.

The program includestravel vacations, holiday programs, day tours and international exchange tours,expanding experiential learning and enhancing the self esteem of every traveler

Our programs open newworlds of understanding for both the participants and the general population.

Through these programs,people with disabilities are increasingly understood, appreciated and acceptedas contributing members of the world.

Results: Since 1985 we have taken over 15,000 people with special needs on trips all over the world!

Target demographics: Adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: high quality local, national, and international travel vacations and holiday programs. We also provide supported employment and work skills training for 5 adults with special needs in our office.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

PSHSOCAL

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother Rich has been a traveler with New Directions every year for the past 10 years. New Directions is a wonderfully caring, highly professional organization that really "lives" it's mission to provide great journeys for their travelers AND helps others see how much people with developmental disabilities can teach the rest of us about life, joy and laughter. Every traveler is treated with dignity, respect, love and consideration.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother is developmentally disabled and has been on several trips with New Directions. Ten years ago after my parents passed away I was determined to help my brother live a more independent and self-fulfilling life. His experiences with New Directions Travel has been an integral part in his growth in independence, self confidence and overall excitement about life. In the beginning I had to cajole him into going on a trip. Now he has the next one selected before he goes on the one selected for the current year. I asked him recently what he likes best about New Directions staff and programs (aside from the wonderful places he gets to go). He said that the trips are so well organized and that the staff is so helpful--especially in the morning when it takes him a long time to get ready for the day. I'm forever grateful to this organization for all that they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter, Julie, has traveled with New Directions for many years. Traveling with this group is Julie's favorite thing to do. She generally goes on three trips each year. She awaits these trips with great anticipation. The trips are very well organized and give many developmentally disabled persons a great opportunity to travel. Travel opportunities would not be possible for many of these developmentally disabled persons without New Directions. They are a wonderful program, offering travel trips to persons who would otherwise not have this chance.