Students from Charles R. Drew Transition Center presented a Disability Awareness Workshop to Ms. Helm’s third grade class at Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School on Friday, March 14.
The third graders learned about people with different disabilities, such as developmental disabilities, sensory impairments, and physical disabilities. The third graders also interacted with Drew student presenters and learned a few American Sign Language signs.
The purpose of the workshop was to teach students acceptance and tolerance of people with disabilities, as well as empower the Drew student presenters to advocate for themselves, and to improve their communication skills.
This workshop is available to all DPS students in grades 3-5. Please contact Michael Domzalski, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (313) 873-6880 for more information, and to schedule a workshop.
Drew Transition Center also hosted its 3rd Annual Community Agency Resource Fair and Reverse Job Fair Friday, March 21, in cooperation with the ConsumerLink Network provider agencies. ConsumerLink Network connects students with special needs and their families with service agencies to meet their unique needs.
Parents of students with special needs who attended the free event were able to:
- Learn about services available for their children
- Find resources on Autism
- Find out how to obtain needed breaks from care-giving
- Learn about options for life after school for special needs adults
The event included a Reverse Job Fair for potential employers to find employees among the students with disabilities attending the event from several Detroit Public Schools. Work-study students from the Charles R. Drew Transition Center, along with Detroit Wayne County Project SEARCH interns, set up stations to highlight their skills. Students also met employers, answered questions about their work experience and handed out resumes.