We are excited to partner with Extraordinary Ventures and Toad & Co. to bring you a truly out of the ordinary, extraordinary Adventure Friday with a screening of Extraordinary People, a documentary film about autism, community, and meaningful work that explores a solution to the unemployment crisis adults with autism are facing. Extraordinary Ventures is a local nonprofit with the mission to create meaningful employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities through sustainable business practices. One of our favorite brands we carry, Toad & Co. partnered with Search, Inc. in 1997 to co-found the Planet Access Company, a full-functioning warehouse that trains and employs adults with disabilities. Every year, PAC employs up to 70 individuals with disabilities in paid, train-to-work opportunities. 100% of Toad&Co’s inventory is picked, packed, and shipped by the PAC warehouse crew with unmatched reliability and enthusiasm. Click here for more information on the warehouse.
This adventure Friday we bring these local and global companies together with a shared mission to build awareness in our community around the importance of employment for all people. Join us for this free film screening with free beer from Vecino Brewing, Kombucha from Boro Beverage and snacks from Weaver Street Market. Shop a curated collection of Toad & Co. apparel and selection of EV gifts, handmade products carefully crafted by adults with disabilities. 100% of the proceeds form EV gifts will go to Extraordinary Ventures and every time you purchase at Toad & Co. item, you support the initiative to employee adults with disabilities.
Extraordinary People is a documentary film that tells the story of six adults across the autism spectrum, who, despite individual challenges, have found meaningful value and a deep sense of pride from their work at a business called Extraordinary Ventures. The film redefines expectations for employers and society alike, and shows the essential role a job plays for not just these six individuals, but for all adults.
Here is a little bit more about Extraordinary Ventures and resources to find out more. We hope to see you not he 15th for this wonderful event that is all too timely for a holiday focused on the heart.
In 2007, a group of parents in Chapel Hill, NC founded Extraordinary Ventures (EV). Their vision was to create a portfolio of self-sustaining small businesses designed around the skills and interests of adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Today, EV operates 6 small businesses and successfully employs more than 50 individuals with developmental disabilities, many whom are now celebrating more than a decade with the organization. Everyone is paid fair wages for their work and given opportunities to build new skills and advance in their position. EV operates under the philosophy that all people are employable and deserve the opportunity live meaningful and productive lives, to the fullest extent possible. To learn more…