The Swanky Swine exists to educate, empower and employ young adults with developmental disabilities. We are a transition program at Woodlawn Community Academy in Clearwater, Florida. We make and sell drinks and snacks at our school store. We also have our catering license and offer catered lunches and baked goods to the public. 100% of our profits are used to develop the program and directly benefit our employees.
Our goal is that all of our students find a calling or career that will give them independence, a supportive community and a sense of purpose. We believe that employment (or vocational training) in a safe, sheltered environment will allow people with Asperger syndrome, Autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities to explore their unique potential and strengths.
We were lucky enough to be featured on Fox’s Good Day Tampa Bay. Jennifer Epstein was awesome and their story was a great representation of our program. The story brought attention to the need for transition services for young adults with special needs.
We believe that successfully transition to the world of work is only possible through High Quality standards-based education that includes the following guideposts:
- Information about career options and exposure to the world of work
- Opportunities to develop social, civic and leadership skills
- Strong connections to caring adults
- Access to safe places to interact with their peers; and
- Support services and specific accommodations to allow them to become independent adults.
We incorporate all of these elements into our transition program. Currently our employees are high school students. We hope to offer post-high school transitional services by the fall of 2014.
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