Empower Our Folks!

At In Flight, Inc., we empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach for their hopes and dreams and support a meaningful quality of life.

We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to live a meaningful life, filled with purpose and independence. One of the ways In Flight is trying to empower people with intellect and developmental disabilities (I/DD), is by knocking down the barriers that are in the way to leading a purposeful and independent life. However, we cannot do it alone.

Empower Independence
Empower Employment
Empower Inclusion
Empower Growth

The Need

Limitations and unpredictability of government funding are obstacles our programs face when obtaining the resources needed to support a meaningful quality of life. In Flight relies on the generosity and philanthropic support of the community to fill the gap in funding to provide opportunities and tools that will guarantee true independence for people with I/DD.

As an innovator of developmental achievement, In Flight assesses the need for support, acknowledging the barriers to obtain independence for not only the individuals we support but the I/DD community as a whole. Our goal is to knock these barriers down, making our vision of a world where everyone can strive for the best quality of life in a supportive and fulfilling environment. We have broken down these barriers into four categories: Independence, Employment, Inclusion, and Growth.

The Barriers


A survey conducted by the Department of Applied Behavioral Sciences identified the top barriers of people with I/DD striving to live independently, along with addressing how those barriers increase with age. The result showed the greatest barrier to independent living is personal safety (94.7%).


The additional cost of having a disability averages an additional $17,690 more per year. However, statistics show currently only 1 in 3 eligible adults with I/DD are employed. Thus, leading to an unemployment rate of 1.2 million people for those with a disability. While many with disabilities are desiring employment or currently hold employment,


Living with a disability presents a financial burden that significantly impacts the quality of life for individuals with I/DD. This financial strain is especially pronounced when compared to those without disabilities. As a result, the idea of affording the luxuries of a vacation or engaging in hobbies can seem like an unattainable dream.


Individuals with I/DD have specific needs and behavioral challenges that can hinder their physical and mental health. According to the British Journal of General Practice, mental health disorders are 3 to 4 times more common in people with I/DD then the able-bodied population.

How to Knock 'em Down

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Take Charge

Independent Inspiration

Donate to one of our goals today. To pay online, click on the goal title above with the present icon. To pay via check, please mail to:


In Flight, Inc.

PO Box 326

Red Hook, NY 12571


Contact Jill Rodriquez, Director of Development & External Affiars via email at [email protected] or call (845) 835-6294 x190

Advocacy Ambassador

Advocate for those supported by In Flight, Inc. by sharing our goals to empower their independence!

Join a team or create your own by clicking on a goal below. Click the link in the drop down to get started. Finally, share which goal your passionate about with your friends, family, and community.

Corporate Inclusion Leader

Own a business? A corporate leadership gift is not just a financial contribution but an investment in the future of individuals with I/DD. By supporting In Flight, you are actively contributing to a society that values inclusivity and independence for all.

We understand the importance of acknowledging your commitment to our cause. In appreciation of your leadership gift, we offer recognition opportunities for the 2024 year.

emPower Pledge

Everyone can be philanthropic or be a major gift giver. Every gift matters in the advancement of In Flight's mission. By joining In Flight's Multi-Year Giving Society (MYGS), you will sustain the goals of our programs through affordable monthly contributions of unrestricted funds. Over the course of five years, you will be become a part of an elite group of givers because this impact.

Learn about our MYGS Giving Levels and their perks below: