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SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCEPTS FUNDS FOR PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SERVICES
Programs will benefit students with disabilities
PHILADELPHIA – The School Reform Commission today approved a donation of $550,000 in funding allocated for programs designed to help prepare students with disabilities to secure and maintain employment and independence after graduation.
“Our students with disabilities and their families deserve to have access to quality resources that will make the transition to the working world both smooth and safe,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent. “We are grateful to our partners for providing important opportunities to our students.”
The donations and corresponding service providers are as follows: $200,000, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; $200,000, 12 PLUS; and $150,000, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The service providers are funded by the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide pre-employment transition services to students.
“Thanks to these programs, our students with disabilities learn a variety of skills, including how to search and interview for employment, maintain a job, live independently, and ultimately advocate for themselves,” said Cheryl Logan, Chief of Academic Support. “Our students get a firsthand look at employment, which is one of the most important responsibilities of adulthood.”
“Pre-Employment Transition Services allow students the ability to participate in meaningful experiences,” said Shari Brightful, Assistant District Director for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in Philadelphia. “These students learn and utilize soft skills that unfortunately most of our youth haven't acquired or had the chance to put into practice prior to graduation. These services are providing students the tools they need to be successful post high school.”
The funding will help provide individual services, including job shadowing and work-based learning experiences, and group services, consisting of independent living skills training, self-advocacy training, and workplace readiness training and assistance.
When applicable, students are able to earn wages for their work.
More information about pre-employment transition services and other resources for students with disabilities can be found online at www.philasd.org/offices/oss.