Fall River Center Empowers Disabled

This center in Massachusetts provides opportunities for people of all ages with disabilities, including youth programs to help them develope needed skills for adulthood. (Article posted in the SouthCoastTODAY, January 2, 2014)

For more than 25 years, the Southeast Center for Independent Living has been a beacon of hope for disabled people in Greater Fall River, helping them sharpen the skills they need to lead happy, productive lives.

According to Lisa M. Pitta, executive director of the Fall River-based nonprofit agency, the philosophy of independent living maintains that individuals have the right to choose services and make personal decisions. In collaboration with other organizations and agencies, SCIL provides a variety of services to empower people with disabilities to maintain independence and overcome obstacles.

….Last summer, 36 high school students and young adults with various disabilities participated in TAP (Transition to Adulthood Program), acquiring employment skills and learning fiscal responsibility before entering the workforce.

Program Coordinator Lucy Loureiro says that eight of the young men and women were asked to continue their employment once the summer program ended. The participants worked in law offices, daycare centers, supermarkets, auto body shops, Charlton Memorial Hospital and other sites. Salaries were grant-funded at no expense to the employer.

Read the article in its entirety here.

Visit the Southeast Center for Independent Living website here.

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