Having special needs students learn life skills is essential for easing the transition to adulthood and future employment.

Learning First Aid SkillsAt Pascack Valley Regional High School in New Jersey, many area businesses offer internships for students with learning and language disabilities. Daily living and job skills training will commence this summer.

“The goal is to help our students increase their level of independence. We want to provide them with the tools they need to become an independent adult,” said Tara Flannery, the district coordinator of special programs.

The program will start July 6 with seven students ages 18-21 with mild cognitive impairment.

The “Milestones at PVR” program will be held in an an apartment of a single family home and will teach daily vocational and living skills.

The students will work with a team of teachers, transition coordinators, and job coaches. They’ll learn important skills such as food planning and preparation, grocery shopping, and budgeting. They’ll also learn how to use public transportation, and familiarize themselves with the local library, shops, and restaurants.

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