Job Training Program Changes Perceptions of Teens With Disabilities

Training and mentoring is important for all youth, including those with special needs. High school students in Lenawee County, Mich., are getting some real-life experience that cannot be learned in a traditional classroom, through Project SEARCH.

Teens are paired with a mentor to learn job skills and also spend time in the classroom, developing necessary life and social skills. The collaborative program is changing the lives of students and the perceptions others have of teens with developmental disabilities.

“Someone with a developmental disability can do the same job that another employee can do,” says Amanda Brooks, ProMedica HR Service Specialist. “Not only are we helping to inform our staff about what those with disabilities have to offer, but also the community.”

ProMedica HealthConnect Correspondent Chrys Peterson takes you behind the scenes at ProMedica Bixby Hospital to see how these teens are being prepared for life after graduation.

Have you had an experience that changed your perspective of those with developmental disabilities? Share your story in the comments below.