A World of Possibilities
Resources and Support for Adults With IDD and Their Families
A World of Possibilities
Imagine a place where adults with IDD can receive the resources they need to live a full, independent life.
Imagine a place where they can grow personally and professionally, have fun with family and friends, contribute to the community, and just plain enjoy life.
Imagine a place where they can blossom.
And now imagine that place is here.
Blossom IDD is a nonprofit organization providing trusted and reliable resources for adults with IDD and their families to learn and grow together.
Meet Our Founders
Mike and Cindy Purnell
Based on their frustration of finding information to assist their daughter Dakota, Mike and Cindi Purnell created Blossom IDD to answer the need for information, educational opportunities, and community connection for adults with Intellectual Disabilities (IDD) and their families.
Where do you go if you are an adult with IDD and you need job skills training, peer support, or help navigating the governmental systems?
Where can adults with IDD and their families access resources in their own communities?
Blossom IDD works tirelessly to help adults with IDD reach their highest potential in life through innovative programs that foster friendship, growth, and fun!
Mike and Cindi’s ultimate goal was to relieve some of the stress they experienced and create a platform that provides a comprehensive launchpad for adults with IDD and their families.
The result is Blossom IDD, a one-stop-shop where you can have the information you need right at your fingertips.
Executive Director – Blossom IDD
Samantha Bear thrives on helping people realize their dreams.
For over a decade she has helped instill a sense of belonging, dignity, and respect for adults with functional disabilities.
Samantha is the Executive Director of Blossom IDD, where she oversees an innovative learning platform that provides comprehensive resources and services to promote independence and assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their full potential.
She is driven by her passion to empower others to overcome challenges and reach their potential through a variety of opportunities including employment, community inclusion, and recreational activities.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Education with an Autism Spectrum Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Masters of Education from Loyola University of Chicago.
How Can I Help?
Currently, resources specifically for adults with IDD can be few and far between. There is a huge gap in the knowledge base for resources that promote dignity, respect, and a sense of belonging for adults with IDD.
If you would like to learn more about how you can support Blossom IDD, please visit our Support page.
Share Our Vision
By volunteering at Blossom IDD, is not only rewarding but, we can direct more of our funding towards programming while providing valuable support from individuals like yourself who share our vision for building strong communities through service.
Support You Need
Blossom IDD offers free resources to not only educate the general public, but also help individuals with IDD and their families realize their full potential by helping them find jobs and develop the skills to make an impact on society.