PHOENIX, Ariz. — For children with disabilities, there are resources from kindergarten to secondary school. According to the Ministry of Education 14% of students in public schools are provided with special education.
These resources decrease after high school precisely when people are most close to independence and work.
To fill this gap, some universities and colleges have created programs.
LOPES Academy is one example. It is the latest post-highschool program that targets people with intellectual or development disabilities. It is held at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
Some people have fear. Some people have autism. They meet for two days each week and four hours each day. Every hour brings about milestones and breakthroughs.
An instructor teaches nonverbal cues at 10 a.m. Understanding is key to understanding. Encourage each other and invest in your classmates.
The students make a three-dimensional vision board that shows their future careers and lives at 11 AM.
“My future is to become a chef so I can cook for my mom,” said Jaden Lowery, a participant in the program who has autism.
Why is he so passionate about cooking?
“Because I like food. And my mom did everything she could to get me here, and I want to cook for her on Mother’s Day and everything.”
LOPES Academy has been around for three months. The university also offers internships as well as jobs. It’s not common, but it is possible.
“I think there is definitely room for growth,” said Allison Kolanko, who oversees the LOPES Academy, about the opportunities for individuals with disabilities after high school.
Think College is the group that displays it more than 300 programsPeople with disabilities. They are often found in just a few states. LOPES Academy is just one of the three schools in Arizona’s 100,000-square miles.
Schools are free to incorporate these programs as long as they do not have to. LOPES Academy was founded in large part by a donation made by the parents of an active participant.
“When I was in school, I had a lot of people who weren’t very nice to me,” says Emma Cardon, a program participant.