Thursday, October 21, 2010
Exploring a Career
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. -- About two dozen Ventura County adults with developmental disabilities took a tour of the LA County Animal Shelter here on Wednesday as part of Disability Mentoring Day, a national event designed to promote career exploration and hands-on workplace experience for those with special needs.
Helen Hartel, a retired educator who volunteers at the shelter, took the group on a guided tour, showing them the dogs and cats waiting for new homes and explaining how volunteers help to care for them.
"Cleaning cages is something they could do, also washing the food dishes and water dishes, hosing down a yard, that kind of thing," she said. "Everybody deserves employment and this work training program is an avenue towards giving them something productive to do for the rest of their lives."