photograph of a young man in the special needs program

The Special Needs Summer Youth Transition Program provides orientation to the world of work for youths ages 14 to 21. The program consists of a cluster of rehabilitation, pre-vocational skills training and recreational services, which are age appropriate and consistent with the individual's level of skill. The Manhattan based program operates from 9 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday and provides the following services either individually or in a group: orientation and mobility, rehabilitation training, computer training, social work counseling, career preparation and work activities center, creative arts, drama and table games.

The Work Activities Center presents the students with a variety of assembly line and office tasks. Staff members assess how students work in a group, their comprehension of tasks, memory retention, physical abilities and interest in tasks. Through the WAC, a professional recommendation can be made about what type of work environment in which a student might achieve success. Community field trips offer exposure to different types of jobs and encourage interest development.

All participants are accompanied by Youth Counselors and volunteers. These escorts are there to provide sighted guide assistance, verbal commentary about the activity and/or surrounding environment and partnerships when the activity required interactive participation.



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