No comments yet

New To Our Work For Independence Program

Evolving To Work Independently

John Paul II Center’s Work For Independence Program is something we offer to our Secondary class as a way to help aid in the transition process. By partnering with local work sites, we are able to offer students a chance to try out various jobs and figure out what they may be interested in doing after graduation at age 21.

As of now, we currently offer up to 11 placements, with the new DoubleTree Hotel in Reading our most recent addition. By evolving our program to include new work, we are able to offer students new work experience in several areas. Our list of locations includes:

• Eisenhower Nissan
• Crowne Plaza
• Freedom Auto Group
• Berks Catholic
• Columbia Cottage
• Unique Desserts
• Reading Hospital
• DoubleTree Hotel
• Berks Encore
• Mifflin Court
• Boone Area Library

What Does Transition Mean?

• Each family will work one on one with a transition team to assess and determine what life may be like once a student leaves the JPII Center.
• Each student works to develop a Resume, cover letter, and picture portfolio upon graduation.
• Planning for the future of a young adult with special needs is an ongoing and in-depth process.
• The transition process is very individualized because we see each student for the individual they are.
• For life skill students, it means getting ready for post-school life.
• It involves low level skills, (which may never be mastered) such as dressing and selecting the appropriate clothing in the morning all the way up to more complex skills like holding a job in a community setting.

Post a comment