Project Bridges Relationships: Adapting to A Virtual World

Project Bridges Relationships: Adapting to A Virtual World

It has been a year like no other at Cotting, many of our programs have quickly adjusted to the reality of COVID-19, still providing vital services to students and remaining connected with our community partners. One example is Project Bridges, a community-based volunteer work experience program inside Cotting School. Being community focused, the Project Bridges program has had to adapt to providing valuable experiences without physically being able to go into the community. Students in the program strive to build and sustain connections with community leaders- developing their vocational and transitional skills. We are proud and thankful for our relationships... Read More

Collaborating for Disability Awareness with Lexington’s Cary Library

Collaborating for Disability Awareness with Lexington’s Cary Library

Students in Mr. Mitropoulos’ classroom have been working with Lexington’s Cary library on a project to raise Disability Awareness.  Their project, including a community trip, consisted of an undercover visit to the Library where the students made observations and recommendations for making the library more accessible for people with disabilities.  Mr. M’s students navigated through the Children’s Room with a checklist of suggestions on ways to improve handicap accessibility throughout the library.  In particular, they were looking for accessibility in the following areas: physical space food related notices parking bathrooms staff and patron interaction Once they collected all of their data and observations and shared... Read More

Cotting Students Share Meaningful Insights in Disability Month Blog Series

Cotting Students Share Meaningful Insights in Disability Month Blog Series

          At the beginning of October, when we began working with a few Cotting School students on a series of student-centered blog posts, we had an idea of how meaningful the project would be, but the project and the reach of the messages our students had to share exceeded our expectations! We are proud of the students who shared “something you might not know about ” in our Disability Awareness Month Blog Series and though we’ve turned our calendars from October to November, we hope you will join us in reflecting on what our students had... Read More

I have epilepsy, lung disease, and a brain tumor, but I don’t let that stop me.

I have epilepsy, lung disease, and a brain tumor, but I don’t let that stop me.

Alexa works hard with her family, her doctors, and the staff at Cotting to understand and take care of her health so she can do all the things she loves to do – riding her bike around her neighborhood, going out to activities with friends, and playing with her sister.  At the top of that list, though, is being a student– the more time she can spend at school, the better she likes it. Even riding the bus to school makes her day. She is proud to say, “I am a really good student, and I love sports, especially basketball.”... Read More

I’ve learned things beyond algebra and division!

I’ve learned things beyond algebra and division!

This week’s student-focused blog celebrating Disability Awareness Month features Alex, a student in Cotting’s Capstone program, who has lots to share about herself. Alex says “At Cotting School I have learned many things beyond algebra and division” and she supported that statement with a long list of examples. Here’s what she had to say: Friendship is about trust. I have made many friends here and have learned how to be a good friend. I also try to make new students feel welcome. I am learning skills so I can live independently and go to college when I leave Cotting. For... Read More

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Cotting School is proud to join the United States Department of Labor to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October! The Office of Disability Employment Policy explains that “NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.” “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.” At Cotting, we celebrate... Read More

I’m an enthusiastic learner who worked hard to pass the MCAS!

I’m an enthusiastic learner who worked hard to pass the MCAS!

“I use a wheelchair to move around because I cannot walk,” describes Elizabeth (“almost age 18”). “Because I am in a wheelchair, people assume I am not smart. They make a weird face and they talk to other people around me instead of to me directly.” A few minutes in Elizabeth’s company, however, would shatter that misconception. She is engaging on any subject, but especially about her ability to advocate for herself and her goal of teaching others to do the same for themselves. Using a combination of her own voice, and her fingers flying over her iPhone (which serves... Read More