Handicap Van for Transition Program

$50,000 goal

Campaign created 9 months ago
“For most people, work is essential to a livelihood, a sense of worth and accomplishment, and overall life satisfaction. Unfortunately, a disproportionate number of students with disabilities or low academic performance do not go on to experience steady, satisfying, or gainful employment. Schools must give more focus, in both time and resources, to preparing noncollege track students for work or postschool training” -Edward M. Levinson and Eric J. Palmer

The BRIDGE School, a division of Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, is in need of a wheelchair accessible van to transport our students into the local community as part of our transition program. At the age of 14, students start the program and create a transition plan to guide them through school and into adulthood based on what they would like and are able to do. Our students have been limited in going out into the community which makes this van essential to allow our students to have access to explore their interests. 

For 15 year old Angel, broadcasting is his favorite interest. Angel spends his lunch time pretending to be a commentator at sports events and was the MC this year at our agency’s Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament hosted at the Westchester County Center. While he also develops clerical skills at our onsite café, with this wheelchair accessible van, Angel will be able to explore more commentating possibilities out in the community.

About Our Transition Program:
The Transition Program offers an educationally based curriculum that is structured around training sections and learning sites in the community. Some of these sections include: Workforce preparation, Clerical and Basic Life Skills. Each area of training incorporates trips into the local community and hands on training to enhance development of skills.The core elements of workforce preparation for students with disabilities are the same as those for their nondisabled peers—awareness of interests and abilities, exposure to career options, and assessing and building skills. The only difference is that they require more extensive and individualized support from school personnel and other adults.

The three most important goals for students are to gain an understanding of themselves and their abilities, interests, and values; gain an understanding of the world of work; and acquire effective decision-making skills.

Our transition students work at the CP/W Market Place, an on-site café to develop clerical skills. Students practice retail skills including: inventory tracking and restocking, conducting point-of-sale transactions and customer service.

Life skills is a component of the program that connects the essentials of daily living with practical life experiences. Students follow a curriculum that uses various learning techniques to address social skills development, safety in the community, hygiene and grooming, and self-exploration.

About the Van:
2017 Ford Transit Vanwagon with Wheelchair Conversion
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$50,000 goal

Campaign created 9 months ago
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