VIA launched the Viability Day Support Program for adults with autism and developmental disabilities on April 10, 2012. The program’s first client was Blair Sherman, one of VIA’s founding students.
The Viability Program offers a safe, supportive environment for learning life and vocational skills that enable clients to live as happily and independently as possible.
Because government funding for adults is scarce, VIA relies on private funds to help support the Viability Program. The program has been made possible through the generous donations of Alice Turner and Sarah Hendley, who provided the seed gifts to start the program. VIA will also pursue avenues for advocacy with our state legislature to ensure that services are accessible to all families, regardless of financial circumstance.
“Recognizing that learning is a life-long endeavor, we are committed to serving individuals with autism throughout their lives,” says Ethan Long, Executive Director at VIA.
Blair’s first day in the Viability program included grocery shopping at Whole Foods, a trip to Bellair Farm and vocational skills training at VIA. Blair’s mom, Angela Sherman said, “I feel like I just dropped him off at college. I couldn’t be prouder.”