Episode 3 – The FACT Institute in San Antonio

This week, we speak with Ms. Kim Simpson and Mr. Edmund Pedraza from The FACT Institute, Inc., a new school for the Special Needs community in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Simpson and Mr. P., as the students call Edmund, along with other staff from the Academy at Morgan's Wonderland and the Bridge at Morgan's Wonderland felt an urgent need to provide an educational environment similar to the one in the former school. They've created an easier transition for students and families of the former school by continuing what was already in place.

FACT is an acronym for Functional Academics, Communication and Transition. Their focus is on functional reading and functional math as well as life skills, social skills and on-site job training for the IDD population. They are in negotiation with area businesses regarding on-site job training. They are also currently in the process of becoming a non-profit corporation.

FACT Institute, Inc., will be benefitting from an exciting fundraiser by ProActive Duty called Thru the Looking Glass Gala & Fashion Soiree. From the Eventbrite page: "The exclusive fundraiser is shifting mindsets to enhance and evolve the perception and care of the exceptionally abled community. Embark on an adventure through wonderland to help raise money for the FACT Institute, Inc. and the ARC of San Antonio. The event includes hearing from top leaders in the community, dinner, and fashion show." This event will be held on Saturday, November, 2, 2019.

GRAND OPENING EVENT: FACT Institute, Inc., will be holding its Grand Opening and open house on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, from 7 pm to 9 pm.

MUSIC FESTIVAL EVENT: On Saturday, November 16, 2019, the FACT Friendsgiving Music Festival will be held at Wonderland of the Americas from 1 pm to 9 pm. This will be their first music festival with food and drinks, games, fun activities, raffles, and live music. All proceeds will benefit current and future students.


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