Internships for special education students are making a positive difference as students learn who to dress for business, and function in a work environment.
10 students with developmental disabilities are embarking upon internships in Goshen, NY. The internships last for several hours a week, and include tasks like running errands at the bank and post office, preparing mailings, and filing.
Many of the students have autism, and some have Down sundrome or cognitive disabilities. Some also have difficulties with anxiety. The students are all enrolled in a new program called Including Communities, which includes unpaid internships.
According to BOCES Special Education Principal Jodie Maasen, the goal is for participants “to become meaningful, productive members of the community. These students come to the table with all kinds of exceptionalities, and the two are not mutually exclusive.”