A Program Like No Other


A Vincennes community center is bridging the gap between those with disabilities and those without.

But not only are they integrating students, they are also teaching them employable skills.

Simultaneous events for children of all ages and abilities include playing on inflatable obstacle courses, lazor tag, computer games, and even rock climbing.

And while all these features are amazing, the biggest attribute of the center is the training site.

This specific training program for special needs students helps them hone in on their individual skills that help make them employable and independent.

But the lesson program coordinators and workers want people to understand, “It’s an integrated experience, so they’re with their peers and it really doesn’t matter if you have a disability or not,” said Sheryl Schafer-Jones, Director of Special Needs Programs for Knox County.

The program measures its success by the milestones each individual student meets.

And by the smiles on the faces of kids as they do what they do best, be kids.

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