Jonathan is an artist who has exhibited at MoMA and studied at the School of Visual Arts. He has been working for the last two years at BookCourt in Brooklyn, and they recently hosted a third exhibition of his work. Last year, Jonathan was awarded a scholarship from the National Down Syndrome Society, which allowed him to expand his education by taking a Photoshop class. Jonathan and his family are making plans for him to move into his own apartment.
Carlos and Guilermo (Gi) moved into their own three-bedroom apartment in East Harlem after years living in a 10-person group home. Gi notes: “I can go into the fridge whenever I want.” The third bedroom is for their roommate, Xenia Laureano, who helps Carlos and Gi manage their household.
Job Path’s project for Figment Festival 2014 at governor’s Island was PostAbility. Our post office had a sign:
Welcome to the PostAbility Community Post Office. We are a group of individuals from the five boroughs of NYC, coming together to facilitate an interactive art, communication and story-sharing project. Receive a letter from a stranger written just for you, and share your own story or artwork in return via the PostAbility post-station.
News Corp awarded Job Path a $25,000 grant through their corporate giving initiative to support our Career Launch Program: Building Skills for Life. For more information on our Career Prep and Career Advancement Classes contact: email@example.com.
Randy got his job at a law firm with the support of a job coach. Job Path is now on CrowdRise. www.crowdrise.com/jobcoach. For every $50 raised a job seeker like Randy receives one hour of job coaching. For every $1,000 raised, another person is launched into the workforce.
Job Path’s art group had a reception for their Handmade Books exhibition which featured works by artists who created stories and designed book covers. These pieces by Peter Dommermuth were among those displayed.
Job Path’s Speed Dating Committee hosted its first event on April 11th at Judson Memorial Church. About 40 people attended from agencies all across NYC. There was dancing, great food and conversations between people who would otherwise not have met.
This busy, in-demand group advocates and creates ways to challenge the stereotypes about people with disabilities. Outside Voices recently filmed “Professionalism,” an instructional video for staff and another explaining the process of Speed Dating.
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Job Path has developed a new effort in direct response to the parents of the young people supported by our Life Coaching program. The goal is to develop a combination of individualized residential supports and community connections that will enable young people to thrive in their own homes while ensuring that they have the stable, long-term assistance that will put their parents’ minds at ease. Young people will live in their own apartments, some with roommates, within proximity to one another. The aim is to facilitate strong connections among group members and the larger community. Several young people are now living in their own apartments and receiving supports through the West Side Connections project.
For the past thirty-five years, states and nonprofit organizations have struggled to create a transition into the workforce for youth with disabilities. Despite these efforts, the results have been disappointing. Most special education graduates are channeled into group-oriented day programs. Those who aren’t eligible for these programs sit home without structure or purpose because there is no effective way for them to find jobs.
The Pathways Project, with a grant from the Warner Foundation, is designed to partner with New York City businesses to develop paid and unpaid structured internships for youth with developmental disabilities, enabling these young people to try out new skills, learn the ways of the work world and obtain solid references. Then, capitalizing on these partnerships, we will help these young people parlay their new skills into permanent jobs.