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.

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Family Care

SCO Family of Services is committed to providing a variety of residential supports and services for people with developmental disabilities. Our Family Care program places individuals with developmental disabilities into private homes to provide the caring support, guidance and companionship of a family. Each of our Family Care placements is designed to give the individuals we serve high quality, individualized care that is truly person centered.

The Family Care Program assists provider families with agency administered treatment and support services. This can be a natural progression from the Foster Care System if the individual is developmentally disabled or referred by parents, schools, social workers or other professionals.

Looking for Family Care services?

If you or a loved one is an adult with developmental disabilities and in need of residential placement in a family environment, please fill out our application for Family Care services.

Interested in becoming a Family Care provider?

SCO is looking for caring families to provide support and guidance to adults with developmental disabilities.  Family Care providers can be married or single; men or women; owners or renters of a house, apartment or mobile home. Prior experience with individuals with developmental disabilities is not necessary. The most important requirement is the family’s willingness to provide the caring, understanding and security that an individual living in Family Care needs.  Learn more.  Fill out our Family Care provider form and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Success Stories

Ross’ Story

Westbrook Preparatory School

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Last year, we placed

2,007

youth in employment, subsidized employment or internships

Last year,

97%

of children in our early education centers met or exceeded national literacy performance standards