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Supporting and Celebrating Students Beyond the Age of 21

September 19, 2011 · 1 Comment

Yesterday’s New York Times included a compelling portrait of an autistic young man trying to find his place in the world.  The story delineated the importance of building capacity in all of our young people and in paving a path forward into a life of independence beyond the age of 21.  As I read Justin Canha’s story and thought about the gifts he has to offer, I was reminded again of the role all of us must play in creating supportive work environments prepared to welcome and celebrate the Justin’s of the world.  Justin’s experience in his school district with the internships and outreach to the community is similar to what our LABBB Collaborative Program offers to the children we serve.

Please take the time to read Justin’s story asking yourself  how you might  support the Justin’s of the world as they enter the work force.  Here’s the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/us/autistic-and-seeking-a-place-in-an-adult-world.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=autism&st=cse

Categories: Community · Parent



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  •   Hillary // Sep 19th 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Thank you for sharing the story. I have a son with severe autism so I often think about what his life will be like as an adult and what kind of employment opportunities will be available for him. Just because a child has autism doesn’t mean s/he is not capable of doing something meaningful in the workplace. Hopefully more awareness at corporations and continued vo-tech training from schools will bridge this gap.

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