PEER helps young adults with disabilities transition to the adult world

Center for Persons with Disabilities (Utah State University) article 

A job interview is stressful. It induces racing thoughts, a beating heart, sweating palms—but imagine how much worse it would be if you didn’t know how to greet the person who interviews you. How do you shake hands? How much eye contact is appropriate? How do you start and end a conversation?

The Post-Secondary Education, Employment and Research  program is designed to help young adults with disabilities overcome both social and educational barriers so they can transition from the school system to the adult, working world. For four years, it has provided an environment where young people learn, research happens and volunteerism thrives.

“The biggest difference we saw between doing a program like this at college and at a high school is the difference in the behavior of the students,” said Kerry Done, the PEER classroom teacher. “The difference between a college freshman and a high school freshman is so great. The PEER students had better role models on campus.”

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