Month: October 2017

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Florida’s ARC Innovative PALS Program Launches Careers

  A Blue Print for Transition Success    “He went from sitting on the couch at home to creating his own hydroponic produce business.”  “She was the first person with Downs Syndrome to graduate and receive her license in Cosmetology from Pensacola State.” Dondie Roper, PALS Program Director at the Arc Gateway Pensacola, Florida can regale …

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Downs Syndrome Can’t Slow Down This College Grad

“Down syndrome is merely an obstacle, not an insurmountable barrier for Cameron” “Cameron knew forever and a day that she wanted a career in beauty, hair care and make-up.”  But Hair Care and Cosmetology are regulated industries, explains Dondie Roper, Program Director at the Arc Gateway of Pensacola’s Program for Adult Learning and Support (PALS). …

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Embrace the Mandate for Career Exploration

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was designed to help youth with disabilities make a smooth transition from high school to employment or higher education. To make smooth transitions a reality, WIOA asks Vocational Rehabilitation and Education agencies to collaborate to prepare youth with disabilities for their next steps, starting as early as age …

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Elevating Those With Down Syndrome

October is the official month designated to create awareness about Down’s Syndrome. We would specifically like highlight the accomplishments of those with Downs and hopefully inspire others to recognize what an incredible asset they can be to your workplace, community or organization. According to the Better Health Channel, “People with Down syndrome often have their …

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What We Insisted To Be Included in IEP Meetings for our Autistic Son

Focus on the positive not the negative or perceived shortcomings. According to this parent, “For every characteristic that can be classified as a “problem”, there’s a flip side – something that actually works as a benefit for my son. It’s part of his strengths.” Read more from the Mighty. “During an IEP, the child’s strengths …

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Be Inclusive. Be A Friend!

What does it mean to be a friend? It’s National Bullying Prevention Month! That’s why we wanted to take a moment to encourage you to make a difference with your students. As a teacher, it’s impossible to know each interaction that takes place inside and outside of the classroom. Bullying prevention is difficult when you …

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