The Value of Work
Employment is a key part of living independently. Work provides a sense of purpose, a source of connection and interaction, and necessary income to sustain ourselves day-to-day. Unfortunately, too many adults with autism and learning disabilities are underemployed--if they are employed at all. The Huffington Post reports that "the combined unemployment and underemployment for young adults with autism is estimated at 90 percent nationwide" (see full article here.) ScenicView Academy's vocational path empowers students with crucial work skills. Our on-campus and off-campus employment programs help students overcome their barriers to employment and connects them to community employment opportunities.
The Vocational Path
Stage 1: Temp
When a student begins employment at ScenicView Academy, they start as a 'temp'. In this role a student will rotate through work in several different areas on-campus including custodial, grounds, and kitchen. This allows several different supervisors to observe and work with the students, to ensure basic employment skills are learned early on.
Students interests and abilities are explored through career counseling to help direct the student toward employment they can excel in.
Stage 2: Trainee
As students demonstrate competency and key employment skills, they can apply and interview for a "trainee" position. This gives them the chance to further develop their skills in an area of interest, and provides opportunities for leadership.
Students continue to explore career aspirations, while receiving personalized feedback and coaching. Students are also evaluated for potential internship placement.
Stage 3: Internship
Doing an internship at a local business is the capstone to a student's experience. An internship represents a great deal of confidence and trust in a student both on the part of ScenicView Academy, as well as on the part of the local businesses who bring them on. Each internship provides students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learned through their on campus work. These experiences are invaluable to the students and provide them a major leap toward long-lasting employment.
Garrett & The Spoon
"I think with Garrett, and others like him, the sky's the limit. It's fun to talk to employers after they've gotten to know him and after he's been there for awhile and have them say 'At first we were a little apprehensive, but now we don't know what we would do without him." -Alan, Garrett's Dad
HOW YOU CAN HELP
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ScenicView Academy's unique mission helps students succeed regardless of what they can pay for our program. SVA also pays student wages during their internship, allowing them the financial means to live independently.