Retirement Community Helps Young People with Disabilities Develop Job Skills
Feb 22, 2017 10:37 AM -
SSedgebrook senior living community in Lincolnshire has partnered with Clearbrook and the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL) and Illinois Department of Human Services in a program called Project SEARCH. The initiative places young adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities, into internships at area businesses and organizations. "They complete tasks and parts of jobs within a job, and learn responsibilities that can translate to employment opportunities down the road," said Deann Daniel, executive director of Sedgebrook. The retirement community has 10 young interns working there this year. Daniel recalled that she was contacted at the beginning of the school year by a Clearbrook representative looking for opportunities for students who are transitioning from high school into the working world. "The criteria are that the organization with whom they work ideally has 500 or so employees. They want to make sure they can offer a variety of different jobs. Project SEARCH has done a lot of work with hospitals and skilled nursing sites. Sedgebrook seemed like a good potential fit," she said. "I thought it was a great idea."