New Partnership Prepares Students with Disabilities for Jobs
Y.A.L.E. School to Host Information Forum and Open House
Cherry Hill, NJ –
Many students with disabilities are faced with grim employment prospects as they transition to life after high school. At Y.A.L.E. School educators are preparing to launch Project SEARCH, a nationally acclaimed employment program for students with autism and related disabilities. Y.A.L.E. School will host an information forum and open house to educate the community, educators, parents, and local business leaders about the new initiative, scheduled to begin in September 2016.
“We are proud to be on the cutting edge of this initiative,” said Margaret Chapman, Assistant Director. “Project SEARCH creates a unique educational and business partnership that provides on-the-job training at a host company as part of the school day. The one-year program prepares students with disabilities, including autism, for competitive employment in the community,” she added.
Y.A.L.E. School, a leader in the area of transition services for students with disabilities, will be among the first schools in the state of New Jersey to launch the program, and will be working in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities
“Our transition program has always pioneered innovative opportunities for students with disabilities – Project SEARCH is by far one of the most exciting!” said Chapman. “We are thrilled to welcome Erin Riehle, the founder and national coordinator of Project SEARCH, to introduce this highly successful model to the South Jersey community, especially potential business partners, parents and students who will mutually benefit from the experience,” she concluded.
About Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill: Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill campus serves students ages 5-21 who have learning and social disabilities, and emotional and/or social difficulties including anxiety disorder, ADHD, Asperger’s disorder and/or mood or personality disorders. The campus also offers 21st Century Life and Career Skills transition concentration for students ages 17 to 21 to help prepare them for post-secondary education, work and independent living. As a state-approved private school for students with disabilities, students are placed by their local school district and attend at no cost to parents. For more information call: 856-482-5252 or go to www.yaleschool.com