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ERIC Number: EJ921997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Old and New Ways for Developing Community Programs
Reinke, Thomas
Exceptional Parent, v41 n3 p29-31 Mar 2011
In these challenging times of cutbacks in public funding for social services programs, parents and grass roots organizations continue to make a difference in their communities with innovative initiatives that are enhancing the lives of people with developmental and physical disabilities. In New York, a track team of speedsters with disabilities is racking up victories against mainstream teams and sending its athletes on to state and regional competitions. In Bucks County Pennsylvania, a coffeehouse is where young adults with autism develop solid peer relationships and hone their social skills, giving them the confidence and ability to be more successful in all aspects of their daily lives. The techniques that have always worked in creating successful programs--passion, determination, and hard work--are still the only essential ingredients for success. This article discusses a new model for community developed services and programs that is catching on in these trying times--social enterprises. In New Jersey, a bookstore is linking its retail operations to an emerging job training program. And in northern California, two businesses created by United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay are providing scores of jobs for people with disabilities. Individuals and agencies that are interested in developing programs in their community should explore the social enterprises model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania