For a few hour every week, a special program is helping students with disabilities transition to adult life.
Several students at Exeter High School are trading time in the classroom for local jobs. It’s part of a pilot program which enables students with disabilities to complete their transition to adult life.
Andrew Fair is one of the students in the program. He hadnt thought much about cooking until this year. He sticks to desserts. Last week, he made a cake to serve at lunchtime to the residents of the Golden Living Center where he and other students work 2 hours a day, 2 afternoons a week. He is already planning parfaits for another luncheon.
“We’re noticing some real skill there,” said Susan Ummarino, an Exeter life skills support teacher who spearheads the high school’s new CrossRoads transition program. “Andrew goes through cookbooks and finds things he wants to make.”