Ryan’s Story

At 7 years old, Ryan was removed from his mother’s home and placed in SCO’s Foster Care program. Options for exploring his interests and creativity were limited. But that all changed for Ryan when his mentor at SCO encouraged and empowered him to pursue his dreams.

This mentorship broadened Ryan’s world and opened doors to opportunities. He discovered his abilities and strengths, nurtured a love for science, and developed his networking skills. Today, Ryan is proud to pay his experience forward by mentoring, encouraging, and guiding younger children at SCO.

Ryan is now a sophomore majoring in Biology at Jamestown Community College. SCO assisted him with transportation, college applications, and opportunities for financial aid to help him fulfill his potential and continue his education.

“Thank you for investing in my future,” said Ryan. “There is so much I would not have been able to do without the care and support that I received from SCO Family of Services.”

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Transition Services

The staff at Westbrook strive to help our students and their families achieve the most out of life, both during their time at Westbrook and as they look toward graduation. Our transition counselors help students to identify, research and make plans for their future.

Transitioning into the adult world can present challenges for young people and Westbrook students often require unique programming and planning. Activities are based on the student’s individual needs, preferences, and interests. Staff works closely with school district personnel, parents and external agencies (such as: OPWDD and ACESS-VR) to provide individual transition planning for students with the explicit goal of maximizing independence.

Our students achieve these goals through supervised field work experiences and regular participation in community-based activities, as well as, college and work exploration, learning independent skills through community assessments, and plan/shop/cook classes.

Internships

Adaptation, communication and real world experience are pillars of the academic experience that Westbrook provides. Since its inception, Westbrook has worked to develop strong partnerships in Westbury and the surrounding towns. Current and past internship options include but are not limited to:

  • All About Cats
  • Arbors Assisted Living
  • Best Buy
  • CVS
  • Hicks Nursery
  • Holiday Farms Grocery
  • Law Offices of Kaplan and Kaplan
  • L.I. Children’s Museum
  • Mineola Library
  • Office of the Mayor of Westbury
  • Post Avenue Bootery
  • SCO Family of Services
  • Sew Time
  • Willis Ave. Hobby Shop
  • Young Peoples Camp of Nassau County

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Westbrook Preparatory School

Westbrook Preparatory School is the first residential New York State Regents junior/senior high school for students with a classification of Autism, Other Health Impairment, or Emotional Disability and related conditions. Read More

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