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CIP Long Beach Gives Back to the Community


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We promoted Autism Awareness Month at one of our internship partners, St. Lucy's Catholic School. We held a workshop in which we presented materials on Autism acceptance, bullying, discrimination and how all of these things relate to those on the spectrum.

Career Counselor, Stephanie, and Job Coach/Direct Support Professional, Rebecca, took charge of the presentation and related these issues beautifully for the junior high age children at St. Lucy's. The children were engaged and asked great questions, especially for the portions of the presentation that the CIP students led. Our CIP students stayed involved by introducing themselves and showing students at St. Lucy's what someone on the Spectrum could look like and what their life at CIP is like. They addressed issues they have had in the past with bullies, discrimination, and how CIP has helped them to overcome these issues. The students and staff did a wonderful job of presenting on the topic and increasing awareness for Autism. St. Lucy's was wonderful place to present this information and we appreciate all the students attentiveness and participation.

“It was nice to share my work experience with the students at this school. I wanted to show them how I am able to work and go to school with the support of CIP, even with a disability.”