EFFI & Coastal Connections

March 12 - March 25

Educational Foundation for Independence
"The mission of Educational Foundation for Independence (EFFI) is to provide scholarships in the form of tuition assistance for students to attend K-12 private schools and college support programs for alternative learners. Our scholarship philosophy is to strengthen and sustain individuals within unique educational environments in order to expand upon their core abilities and to assist them in reaching their fullest potential. As such, we develop thoughtful, long-term collaborations with individuals and educational institutions, and invest sufficient funds to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful and lasting results."

Coastal Connections
"We focus on the abilities of students, individuals served and staff, honoring their uniqueness and individuality. We offer creative and flexible program development and design that is responsive to needs of stakeholders through partnerships and collaborations. Our expectation is to seek and assume leadership roles in every aspect of our organization. We live, work, learn and play in the community and our presence in our community is mutually beneficial. We take reasonable risks that are of benefit to individuals and the organization."
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    22 yrs old

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    Paper Clouds

This is Sean Bowler. Sean is a twenty-two-year-old young man. Sean loves his family and friends. He shows his appreciation for those that care for him every day.
Sean was born at twenty-seven weeks. As he grew, Sean was not meeting his milestones. It was clear that he would need special education services. During his younger years, we were trying to find a diagnosis for Sean in hopes of better understanding his needs, development, and challenges. At six-years-old, Sean was diagnosed with FG Syndrome. With this diagnosis, our family started to make connections with other families with the same diagnosis. Sean’s geneticist at the time was not fully convinced with the diagnosis and after some time we started another search for a diagnosis. In the spring of 2016, Sean was diagnosed with Xia-Gibbs syndrome through genetic testing. At the time of his diagnosis, Sean was the fifth person with a confirmed diagnosed through genetic testing and the twentieth person overall.
As of his twenty-second birthday, Sean began attending an adult day program at Coastal Connections in Amesbury, Massachusetts. This program serves special needs adults of all ages and abilities. Sean refers to Coastal Connections as his “work.” This wonderful program provides academic and vocational opportunities for clients. Over time, Sean will have the opportunity work out in the community.
At home, Sean has his family. He is the older brother of two sisters whom he adores, Abby and Kelsey. Sean gave himself the nickname, Superman. To his family this seems very appropriate. Sean has recently had his third spinal fusion surgery. Currently, Sean is recuperating from this surgery and anxiously awaits his return to work. Feel free to follow us at

Ryan is 7 years old and was diagnosed with autism and Sensory Processing Disorder when he was 4. He is an avid Lego builder and incredible artist with an endless imagination and a heart of gold. Ryan is a very sweet boy, who loves all creatures big and small, always going out of his way to make sure that his friends and family are happy. He is very excited about this opportunity to partner with Paper Clouds Apparel to raise funds for Educational Foundation for Independence and help improve the quality of life for those who have even greater needs than his own.

Any time you purchase a Paper Clouds Logo design, 50% of the proceeds go directly to the charity of that campaign!!