October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month

We are grateful to local business partners for giving students at our Chatham school an opportunity to learn job skills throughout the school year.

Preparing students for adult life is a critical part of the ECLC educational experience. Students begin learning basic job skills through an in-house program and then go into the community to expand their knowledge and develop the “soft” skills of being in a workplace.

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Back to School for our Students in Chatham and Ho-Ho-Kus!

The first day of school is one typically filled with emotions! At ECLC of New Jersey, the feelings were overwhelmingly upbeat and positive.

With smiles aplenty, clearly our students with special needs couldn’t wait to get back into the classroom, and the warmth extended by staff members showed the feelings were mutual.

First Day of School
First Day of School 2023
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2023 graduates

Hats Off to the Class of 2023!

We are so proud of the 27 graduates from our Chatham and Ho-Ho-Kus schools who walked the aisle in cap-and-gown earlier this month!

They were celebrated in ceremonies with awards, speeches and accolades for their accomplishments, while proud parents and staff looked on. Many of our grads are moving right into our PRIDE Adult Program in July, either in Florham Park or Saddle Brook. A few are entering the workplace or another day programs.

No matter their next step, they all have a solid plan for the future. One of the benefits of an ECLC education is the strong support we provide to help our students transition from school to adulthood—or from the world of entitlement to opportunities and services.

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Thanking Our Employer Partners!

In a longstanding tradition, this week local businesses and nonprofits were treated to breakfast served with a side of appreciation at our Chatham school for students with special needs.

We honored 25 area employers for opening their doors to students this school year to learn new job skills. The school gym was transformed into a cozy café, with flowers and special place settings for each employer. Students delivered short speeches thanking the employers and awarded them small plaques.

Honorees included downtown Chatham businesses: Arminio’s Pizza, Bloomers, Dance Innovations, Keller Williams, the Library of the Chathams, Sorriso Kitchen, Tons of Toys and Weichert Realty.

These partnerships are an important part of ECLC’s transition program to prepare students for life as adults after graduation.

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