Trailblazer Academy

Trailblazer Academy


A Structured Program for Individuals 18 & older with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • Job Training & Readiness
  • Nutrition & Health
  • Self Employment Opportunities
  • Personal Finance & Budgeting
  • Discovering the Arts

This FDD program provides an opportunity for structured, daily vocational training at various job locations, fitness and recreational activities, nutrition education and independent living skills.

Led by Program Director, Madison McNally, the Trailblazer Academy helps participants gain independence and job skills and explore pre-employment opportunities. It  also includes special enrichment experiences for an overall quality of life.


Community Based

The Trailblazer Academy is Community Based – participants are active and engaged with local employers, nonprofit organizations, recreational centers and art programs.

Some of the activities individuals  participate in are:

  • Vocational training at local restaurants, retail establishments, and area nonprofits
  • Regular physical fitness activities (FDD Bowling on Thursdays is included)
  • Life Skills training in cooking & nutrition, personal safety, navigating transportation & more
  • Personal finance & budgeting, both at home and out in the community
  • Experiences in the arts, such as painting, ceramics, photography, music & more

This is a year-round program,  divided into 6-week sessions, with achievable milestones in each session.

Madison McNally helps participants and their families work toward their personal goals. whether it’s finding employment, learning new skills for independence, developing habits for a healthy lifestyle, or exploring the community.


Trailblazer Academy Schedule

Date: Monday through Friday

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Cost: $175 per quarter. Four quarters in the year. $700 per year. 

Scholarships are available.

Location: Meet at FDD offices at 9:00am.  Activities  take place throughout the community.  Transportation is provided from the FDD office to area locations.


View/Download 2017-2018 Schedule.


Call the FDD office at (239) 594-9007 for more information.

Vocational Partners

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Conservancy SWFL
Guadalupe Resale

Humane Society

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