Work is a central part of adult life, consuming almost half of our waking hours. A job can provide a sense of belonging, accomplishment, pride and an overall feeling of satisfaction with life. Understanding what employment options are available and finding the right job is difficult for many adults, and even more so for individuals with disabilities.
It was the 10th anniversary of the Hart Games, "where champions arise." The Hart Games is an annual Track and Field meet for the special day classes in the junior high and high schools of the Wm. S. Hart School District, and the Imago Dei School participates as well.
The art curriculum at Trinity is designed in conjunction with the classroom lesson in order to reinforce a historical context. For example, as 4th grade is learning about the Renaissance in the classroom, art class is introducing Renaissance art forms and working with materials such as metal and stained glass.
For many students in the Imago Dei School, making friends and understanding social dynamics can be a challenge. This is a difficulty often shared by individuals with disabilities. One way that Trinity and the Imago Dei School seek to support students who experience this challenge is through the well developed Peer Mentor program which serves students in grades K-12. At every level, Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric school, there are opportunities for general education students to come alongside their peers in the Imago Dei School, model appropriate social interactions and develop genuine friendships.
Rhetoric School and Transitions students from the Imago Dei School visited Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar last week. They are exploring potential partners for their Paid Work Experience Program through the Department of Rehabilitation. Students were given a grand tour of the state-of-the-art breeding and training facility that provides expertly matched guide dog partners to adults from the U.S. and Canada who are blind or visually impaired.