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Internship Helps Young Adults with Disabilities Hone Job Skills

November 18, 2016

Source Loudoun Now

Internship Helps Young Adults with Disabilities Hone Job Skills

Project SEARCH intern Matias Vorimo makes salads at National Conference Center. [Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now]

Project SEARCH intern Matias Vorimo makes salads at National Conference Center. [Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now]

Graduation can be a little nerve-wracking for any family. But for parents of special needs students, that last day the school bus picks up their child can feel like they’ve reached the edge of a cliff.

“We kept thinking, gosh, this is going to be really hard. He’s going to be thrust out there,” Dianne Murphy, who’s 21-year-old son, Matt, has Down syndrome. He graduated from Loudoun County High School in June.

But a new partnership with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Loudoun County Public Schools, the National Conference Center and nonprofit organization Didlake is giving young people with disabilities a chance to hone their skills before they enter the workforce.