Published: March 13, 2016
For families of special needs students, the thought of life after high school graduation can be overwhelming and frightening.
Organizers of a fair this week hope to ease that transition.
A project of the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit, Allied Services and the Scranton School District, the Disability Employment and College Fair is open to students, parents and educators. The fair is Wednesday at Allied Services’ Jack & Joan Newman Training Center in the Stauffer Industrial Park in Taylor.
The event is in its third year, and the number of attendees continues to grow.
“When we see all the people showing up, it goes to show you there is such a need,” said Joan Murphy, an NEIU teacher and one of the fair’s organizers.
As of late last week, nearly 250 people had registered for the event. More than two dozen groups will be represented, including experts on transportation programs, Social Security benefits, vocational rehabilitation supports and workplace accommodation technology.
“It’s just really nice to see there are more and more support services out there for our students,” Mrs. Murphy said. “We want to get the word out.”
While schools are required to address transition plans with special needs students and their families, some parents are unsure where to get assistance. The fair brings resources together, said Jim Brogna, vice president of corporate communications at Allied.
Many districts will transport students to the event. Students from Carbondale Area, Blue Ridge, Mountain View, North Pocono, Lackawanna Trail, NEIU, Lakeland, Montrose and Susquehanna Community will attend from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
From 12:30 to 2 p.m., the following districts are scheduled: Old Forge, Riverside, Valley View, Abington Heights, Scranton, Dunmore and Mid Valley. Parents can attend either session.
Registration is required and can be arranged by calling Mrs. Murphy at 570-383-0610 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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