Everyday at least one of my students with multiple special needs asks me if he will ever have a job. These students have multiple disabilities. They use wheelchairs and communication devices to travel and talk. They need assistance to have some of their most basic needs met. But they want to work for a living. They are high schoolers ages 16-21 and they need your help.
Our special education program has worked hard over the past three years to create a program that places learners with very significant disabilities in community based job sites three mornings a week. The students, their families and the community has loved this program. It is in danger of closing because the younger students in our program face even more significant challenges than those currently in the program. We need to adapt the program for learners who are not only wheelchair or alternative communication device users, but also for users who are vision impaired, have more severe intellectual impairment or are more medically fragile.
Adapting the program to meet these new needs means starting classroom based pre-vocational training earlier. It means teaching students self-care sooner and more completely. It means have more materials and more supports available. However the funding isn't there. We need the materials to implement the changes to keep our unique program running. We need pre-vocational training kits, curriculum for teaching self-care and materials to teach about jobs and appropriate social behaviors at work.
With your donations we can obtain these materials and possibly keep our Experiential Learning Program open. We can give the younger, more challenged students arriving in the program the chance the learn the skills they need to access community based job training. You donation can make all the difference!
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