Ross’ Story

Ross, a former student at SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School, is a motivated and engaging young man who has Asperger syndrome. “I’m actually different from many people with Asperger’s in that I’m a very social guy,” says Ross. “On the other hand, sometimes I am unaware of other people’s feelings. I can be impulsive, and I do get overwhelmed. ”

Ross had difficulty adapting at his previous public school due to these challenges. However, Westbrook’s residential school setting gave Ross the opportunity to work on his social skills and develop strategies to help him avoid feeling overwhelmed.

One key element of life at Westbrook is the internship program. While students find comfort and build confidence living and learning with other teens who have similar challenges, they know that they need to prepare themselves to communicate and work well with all kinds of people. Ross’s first internship was at Sports Authority, and he held another at St. Brigid’s Elementary School Camp where he found talking with children about sports very rewarding.

His interest in sports led Ross to his next internship at WCWP 88.1 FM, the college radio station at CW Post. He ran the audio control sound board at sporting events, made guest appearances on a college sports talk show and researched sports information for use on air. He enjoyed his experience so much that he decided to study communications in college.

Holiday Giving 2018

 

Help make this holiday season merry and bright for the babies, children, youth and adults who need us most.

Here are 6 ways you can support:

1. Give to SCO – Your support helps us provide life-changing services year-round.

2. Donate toys and more to our Holiday Gift Drive – Visit our Target Holiday Registry

3. Adopt a Program – Find out how your business or community group can adopt one of our programs for the holidays
For more information about our Holiday Gift Drive or how you or your organization can adopt a program, please contact Marnie Katzman at 631.643.8800 x0155 or mkatzman@sco.org

4. Shop Amazon Smile – Amazon will donate to SCO every time you shop, at no cost to you. Choose SCO Foundation as your charity at https://smile.amazon.com/
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support SCO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the more you shop the more you help the children and families we serve. Remember to sign up at smile.amazon.com and select SCO Foundation.

5. Like us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – Connect with on social media and see how we’re making a difference every day.

6. Remember SCO on #GivingTuesday – Follow us on social media and see why everyone loves being a part of the SCO Family in our #iamSCOFamily video series.  And help us move the bar on our Facebook fundraiser! We’re raising $5,000 to help New Yorkers who need us most.

Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours!

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youth and adults with special needs participated in volunteer projects in their community

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children were reunified with their parents who worked hard preparing for their return home