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Preparing for the brightest future, FOTA provides unparalleled dedication and commitment to students and their variety of needs, passions and dreams. Explore our website to learn more about us.



Making a Difference

One of the main reasons that FOTA was created is that we have noticed that there is a large disconnect between teens who have higher social abilities and functional programming. They need more supportive programs that will both broaden their social life and nurture job ready skills. We are looking to coordinate a social group and encourage a social life outside of the group. We feel that many parents worry about their child’s future and social abilities/opportunities as it could affect their ability to be hired into a job, create long-term friendships and have meaningful social interactions in the community. We are attempting to create a program that will work on these skills. One of the main goals is to have a small group of teens with similar abilities be able to plan and budget out their activities with supervision.

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Life Skills Group

What does FOTA mean?

FOTA stands for Focus On The Abilities.

What do we do?

We work with teens and young adults with diverse learning abilities. These teens and young adults may live with Autism, Down Syndrome, FASD, ADD, ADHD and many other diagnoses. We work on building relationships, fostering communication, independence, developing work ready skills, transiting and money/ budgeting skills. We run week long ( Monday to Thursday) programs during winter break, spring break and summer vacation.

Who are we and what do we do?

My name is Jenn and I started/founded this program with a vision of promoting independence amongst youth with disabilities. I am currently an Educational Assistant for the Richmond school district. I also work privately with students ranging from ages 6-22 years old during the school year.


Are there any other additional fees?

Depending on the program you want to register for there is pick up and drop off options.

How to register?

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Creator/ Director

Hello, my name is Jenn Shields. I started this social group from years of working with diverse groups of children and youth of all ages. Over the years I notice that people are more invested in what they are doing if it is of interest to them.

Some of the experiences I have had is as a facility manager/ supervisor/ program planner for Creative Kids, a life skills support worker for youth with Delta School District , Leader for Summer Fun ran by the Delta Life Skills Society and currently I work as an Educational Assistant in the Richmond School District, supporting students with diverse abilities in a high school setting.

On a personal note, I would not be able to do this without my supportive family. I thoroughly enjoy working with children/ teens and I am passionate about being able to help them with diverse learning outcomes in their life skills goals. Over the past 4 years I have worked privately with families and individuals on life skills goals and noticed that a lot of the time these children will just say yes but are not very interested in the activity. My hope for this would be to allow for the those individuals to speak for themselves to enjoy a meaningful summer, winter or spring break and everyday.