Andy’s Dandys offers SPECIALIZED WORK TRAINING PROGRAMS for young adults with intellectual disabilities
Skills are taught using the backdrop of a working bakery to bring real life work experience and environments to a tailored and enriching curriculum that includes core job skills along with specific content skills. Classes are customized and flexible to meet all students needs.
Class is taught by a master level educator with a teaching license in intensive special education. The program has been active for 4 years and has graduated three classes.
While in class students learn specific content skills including using a bakers scale, reading a recipe, packaging, promoting a product and answering customer questions. They also work on core job skills such as working cooperatively and productively.
The program strives to help students see themselves as employees as well as to help support employers in hiring employees with special needs. Students who have graduated from this program have access to the class instructor to help set up systems for other employment opportunities that help them to be as successful and productive as possible in the job-setting.
The instructor collaborates with human service agencies and schools districts to design classes that meet students’ transitional goals and/or future employment goals.
Two of our graduates are currently employed at Andy’s Dandys in the baking, decorating, sales and customer service parts of the business. Other graduates of the program have used their learned skills to seek employment in their local communities.
Andy’s Dandys believes in meaningful work experiences for all individuals and seeks opportunities to use their successful business to educate and support employment for people with intellectual disabilties, not just by talking about it, but by doing it and showing by example!
We welcome employers and students to learn and grow through our experience! Please contact our program director and special educator Lesha Rasco at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how you can access this program.