Roses For Autism is a social enterprise that fosters the thoughtful transition of individuals with Autism to meaningful employment and personal success.
Through the Discover Learn Work career training service, individuals discover their unique strengths, learn the necessary technical skills and social competence, and gain valued work experience at the dynamic Roses For Autism business so that they can obtain employment and be successful in their chosen careers!
We are located in Guilford, Plainville, and Danbury, CT.
The Need for Roses for Autism
A recent study by Harvard University demonstrates that each child in the U.S. diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) - 1 in 68 American children - will cost society about $3.2 million in medical and non-medical costs over his or her lifetime. Through RFA, participants are becoming taxpayers who have a clear economic impact on their families and society as a whole. More importantly, these individuals are becoming more self-supporting and maximizing their quality of life.
While our high-quality product - Pinchbeck flowers - continues to delight locals and nationwide customers alike, we also offer training and assessment services to adults with ASD on our premises, both inside and outside our floral operation. This affirmative experience prepares our students, participants, and contingent workers to find meaningful work that is well-suited to their unique skills and interests.
To grow independence in the business world through a replicable autism training and employment program integrated into a successful, sustainable rose business that will serve as a flagship for this program.
To demonstrate a replicable working model for inclusive transitional employment for adults on the autism spectrum.
- Respect: We respect and honor the individual needs and choices of people we serve.
- Integrity: We conduct ourselves with utmost ethical integrity, ensuring that our actions follow our word.
- Customer Service: We provide exceptional customer service in order to meet or exceed the expectations of both our internal and external customers.
- Personal and Professional Development: We support and encourage continual personal and professional development.
- Collaboration: We actively listen, communicate openly, respect the views of others, and encourage employees and participants at all levels to be engaged by expressing their thoughts and ideas.
The story of Roses for Autism is in its name. We grow and sell roses in an integrated community with individuals on the autism spectrum. We believe employees - like roses - blossom when given proper training and support and are recognized for their unique qualities and gifts. As such, we grow possibilities, together, every day.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are diagnosed in 1 in 88 children in the U.S., affecting 4 times as many boys as girls. Once these individuals reach adulthood, the unemployment rate is 25-50%, and the under-empoyment rate is even higher. Roses for Autism at the Pinchbeck Farm (RFA) hopes to change this by offering career training and hands-on employment opportunities for adults living with ASD.
RFA is the first initiative under Growing Possibilities, a non-profit organization founded by Ability Beyond Disability in 2009. Alongside the rose farm, RFA runs a Career Training Program for adults living with autism who are interested in focusing on their abilities in relation to finding meaningful work and living more independent lives. The vision of Growing Possibilities is for RFA to become a replicable working model for inclusive transitional employment for adults with autism living successful and meaningful lives.
Roses for Autism offers 16 varieties of fresh, full-blooming fragrant roses, 3 varieties of lilies, and colorful gerbera daisies to both retail and wholesale outlets. Locals can pull up to the farm 6 days a week and buy our regionally-renown Pinchbeck flowers for themselves or a loved one, and watch our operation in action. Customers can order special occasion and everyday "thinking of you" gifts for next-day delivery anywhere in the U.S., or request floral arrangements to welcome attendees at meetings, conventions, dinners, and other special events.