Monday, August 22, 2011

Program Prepares Students for Life

YORKTOWN — Jean Murphy's daughter Emma is 19 and, ready or not, has just two years left before she leaves school to face the real world.
But Emma, like many with autism, will only be ready if she has the best chance to prepare.
"That's every parent's dream that by the time your child gets to be 18, 19, 20 that they're off on their own, that they get to be independent," Murphy said. "That's not really our lives."
That's why the Apartment for Life Skills at Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES means so much to Emma's mother. The Apartment for Life Skills, under renovation since May and funded by $25,000 set aside by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services administration, will provide an all-in-one classroom for daily living for 75 students with autism or multiple disabilities.

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