For over 20 years, Easter Seals of South Florida’s Culinary Arts High School has uniquely addressed the needs in Miami-Dade County for high quality, developmentally appropriate, culturally competent education and vocational training to help students ages 14-22 with autism and other disabilities.
The Culinary Arts High School Program is accredited, and well known for its effective strategies to teach students with autism, behavior challenges, and developmental
disabilities. Students in the program participate in both academic classroom instruction and vocational skills program including laboratory instruction in their industrial kitchen.
Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in special events and activities that provide real world experience that help them to develop confidence and skills that are essential for their growth and independence. The program also helps these students become more independent, gain self-confidence, and develop interpersonal skills.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 80 years. Whether they are helping a young family to overcome the challenges of raising a child with a disability or helping a family struggling to avoid the devastation of a nursing home placement for their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, Easterseals has been an indispensable resource for more than 1,500 families here in South Florida.
I was contracted by the good folks at Easter Seals South Florida to create a video that helped illustrate the impact of this program on these special needs students. Check it out below and then visit www.easterseals.com/southflorida to learn more, volunteer or support this vital organization here in our community and beyond.