Friday, November 11, 2011

Pets Put to Work in Vocational Program

SAYREVILLE, N.J. — It took a bit of coaxing from a school aide for Yasli "Cecilia" Martinez to pet an American bulldog named Harry who visited her Sayreville classroom.
But it was worth it when Martinez, 17, who is cognitively impaired and legally blind, touched the canine’s fur. The special-needs student relaxed and began to smile. The simple interaction was the first step in a vocational program to train older students with autism and multiple disabilities to care for animals.

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