High school was great. I continued performing and was asked to choreograph some of my own dances. I had some wonderful educators who believed in inclusive education and helped me with the transition from school to adult life. I had great support when I was in general education classes, like aides, books on tape, peer buddies and adapted tests. I needed that kind of help because reading and math have never been my strengths.
Also during high school, I had an amazing teacher who helped facilitate the vision my family and I had of being fully included into all aspects of school and community life. My “inclusion facilitator” helped me explore many jobs in my community to find out what kind of work I liked to do. I tried working at a preschool, a print shop, a realtor’s office, the art museum and a number of other sites. The job I loved best was as a receptionist at the YMCA. Upon my graduation from high school, the “Y” offered me a paid job, where I still work today after almost four years. The job is so “me” because I love to be around people. I give tours and greet and assist the members. I love it!
In my transition from school to adult life, I also learned some other very important things that have contributed to my independence. I was taught by my inclusion facilitator to cross streets safely and take public transportation. I learned to do my own banking and balance my checkbook. I learned how to plan meals and grocery shop — though to tell you the truth, I really don’t like to cook. If my budget would allow, I would eat out or order food in most of the time.