We are empowering students through education. Students with disabilities need help learning basic tasks other students may learn through observation. My students learn best through hands-on activities and repeated practice.
My high school students all have intellectual and social disabilities.
They're in a community-based classroom to meet their educational needs. They need specialized instruction and practice to learn everyday skills that come easily to their same age peers without disabilities. We focus on functional living skills such as laundry, meal preparation and cooking, household chores, practical vocational skills and personal care. My goal is to empower them through independence with daily skills.
My students love to help other people on campus. Last year, we started a weekly coffee cart service for the teachers and staff at our school. This program gets my students out among their non-disabled peers and adults on campus. Students use Keurig machines and single serve coffee and tea pods to fill and deliver teacher orders. On the morning of our Coffee Cart, students gather the needed supplies for each order and prepare it to the teacher's specification. Students are then responsible for delivering the order to the correct teacher.
Most importantly, coffee cart service gives my students practice of vocational and social skills.
My students and many of the teachers on campus have been enjoying this service each week. We have extended coffee delivery to two days per week. Currently, we find ourselves needing a reorder of our consumable supplies. We need more coffee pods, creamers, cups and lids to continue this amazing program on our campus.
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