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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Director Announced for The Didlake® Autism Center of Excellence
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Didlake Partners with The National Conference Center to Provide Internships for Students with Disabilities
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Community Foundation Donates Manassas Property to Didlake
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Didlake to open The UPS Store in Potomac Town Center
Thursday, June 18, 2015 Didlake Project SEARCH Programs Yield 12 Graduates
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Source Loudoun Now

‘Magic’ of School-Business Partnerships Celebrated

When National Conference Center was approached more than a year ago about taking on young adults with disabilities as interns, General Manager Geoff Lawson described it as “one of those easy, 10-second decisions.”

Now, nine recent Loudoun County graduates have become an integral part of the conference center’s team, working alongside its chefs, technical engineers, maintenance crew and others to learn hands-on job skills.

The National’s Human Resources Manager Helen Kendall said, “We know that teaching is all about making a difference, and I will say that we are pleased that we have made a difference. It has been so fulfilling.”

Relationships like this play out every day throughout the county and, this morning, they were celebrated at the Loudoun School-Business Partnership Recognition Breakfast. About 800 educators and business and community leaders gathered in The National in Lansdowne to honor the collaboration between hundreds of area businesses and the county’s public schools…

Friday, 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.

Friday, July 8, 2016

From The Virginia Pilot

Students celebrate graduation from Project SEARCH internship program

Photo by Kristen Zeis, The Virginia-Pilot  Alec Lozito is welcomed by guests at the beginning of the graduation ceremony.

Photo by Kristen Zeis, The Virginia-Pilot. Alec Lozito is welcomed by guests at the beginning of the graduation ceremony.

During a graduation ceremony Tuesday, Alec Lozito said he was happy he was able to “climb the stairs to adulthood” with the help of the Project SEARCH internship program .

“I’d like to thank you all for letting me be a part of this,” Lozito said at the ceremony at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center .

Six graduates completed nine-month internships at the Maryview center or DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk to earn their diplomas. Each graduate has an autism spectrum disorder.

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