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A Vision Whose

Time has Come.

While people with autism and other neurodiverse capabilities offer many gifts of creativity, intellect and passion to our society, many may benefit from life coaching and learning soft skills to help them meet their full potential

In fact, some of the world’s most accomplished contributors to art, science and technology are on the spectrum of autism, including Elon Musk, David Byrne, Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Daryl Hannah, Isaac Newton, Mozart, William Butler Yeats, Dan Aykroyd, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Carl Sagan, Thomas Edison, Alan Turing, Nikola Tesla, Jerry Seinfeld and many others. There are many others on the spectrum that go undiagnosed or intentionally hide their diagnosis for fear of judgment.

Sedona Lago’s raison d’être is to help highly capable young adults with autism and other neurodiversities to successfully launch from home life with their parents, to successful independent living by cultivating the confidence, soft skills, and resilience they’ll need to live to their fullest potential. Through personalized self-empowerment and customized life coaching, we inspire lives of purpose.

Our

Mission

To empower and transform the lives of highly capable adults with autism and other neurodiverse capabilities through personalized programs that support their growth and dreams.

Our

Vision

To offer a premier and nationally recognized residential community and programs that create a world where adults with autism and other neurodiverse capabilities thrive with jobs, housing, a healthy community, belonging and security.

Our

Core Values.

SERVICE—We honor the Judeo-Christian principles on which Sedona Lago and our sister non-profit Rainbow Acres were founded, an expansive, inclusive and welcoming philosophy that all people are created in God’s image.

PERSON-CENTERED—We collaborate and respond to meet individual needs by offering growth opportunities.

DIGNITY—We treat everyone as we want to be treated—with kindness, respect, patience and unconditional love.

INCLUSION—We welcome individuals, from far and near, no matter who they are or wherever they are on life’s journey to take their unique and diverse capabilities and aspirations to a beautiful place.

EXCELLENCE—We are professionals, serving individuals through awareness of their unique abilities and talents, understanding their expectations, and consistently striving to surpass them.

Our

Leadership.

Gary Wagner, Founder and President of Sedona Lago Gardens.

Before launching Sedona Lago Gardens in 2022, Gary Wagner served as the President of Rainbow Acres for more than 25 years. Now, as the Founder and President of Sedona Lago, he brings his full experience of funding and running successful nonprofit organizations to this exciting, innovative nonprofit.

Under his leadership, Rainbow Acres grew into a state-of-the-art residential and educational community for adults with developmental disabilities. Wagner has more than 50 years of experience in public relations, marketing, and fundraising for higher education at Phillips University in Oklahoma, Alderson Broaddus College in West Virginia, and Bacone College in Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Education and Sociology from the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota and a Master’s of Divinity in Pastoral Care & Counseling from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York. He has done advanced studies in Christian Organizational Development at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Wagner has been an active member of the Association of Fundraising Executives. Gary’s name has appeared in Who’s Who in Education, Who’s Who in the South, and Who’s Who in America. Wagner is a past President of the Camp Verde Kiwanis Club and has served on the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce board. In 2022 Rev. Wagner celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination and standing in American Baptist Churches USA. Gary and his wife, Jussara, have a son, Isaac, and a daughter, Abigail.

Throughout his career, Wagner has worked with adolescents and young adults in college admissions, youth groups within a Church, and a Continuing Care Residential Community for adults with developmental disabilities.

Gary’s counseling skills were developed in Clinical Pastoral Education at Rock Hill Baptist Hospital, Kansas City, MO, and Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York. He is an empathetic and active listener, provides gentle, honest feedback, and assists each person in discovering their own answers. Wagner immediately identifies with Parents and Guardians and their experience with Neurodiversity because he is a parent of an adopted son with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He prided himself in having personal and professional relationships with many of the Rainbow Acres’ parents and guardians.

He believes there is more than one solution to any challenge or problem.

Wagner likes to think “outside the box” and is an innovator, as evidenced at Rainbow Acres. He secured the first Clavinova Music Lab for the residents, Adopt-A-Rancher (financial assistance plan), and created a chaplaincy program utilizing volunteer retired Ministers and comforting individuals going through loss and grief.

Wagner will take a personal interest in each young adult becoming involved at Sedona Lago Gardens and their Pathways to Independence.

The Pathways to

Independence Program.

Sedona Lago Gardens is a residential program whose skill building base lies within the Pathways to Independence Program. Our Pathways program takes place Monday – Friday both on our learning campus, and in our local community. Pathways participants receive Life Coaching, Wellness Coaching (including CBT/DBT and somatic wellness), small group workshops, and experiential learning in the community (including vocational coaching and experience). Unlike our immersive residential living experience, individuals who participate in the Pathways to Independence Program do not need to live on campus. Neurodivergent young adults living within our local Verde Valley area can access this one of a kind Monday – Friday programming by commuting to our learning campus.

Contact Us

Today!

If you are interested in becoming a resident, fill out our inquiry form.

Get Involved!

Sedona Lago has built an incredible board for this non-profit organization, and we are now seeking financial support. To learn more, email [email protected] or call (928) 325-8400 to make a donation.