Jared working at Holmes Regional Medical Center
Jared came to the Traffic Engineering site of the LEAP Program (Brevard Public Schools non-paid community-based training for individuals with moderate to severe disabilities 18 years and older) in June 2008. He was given the task of reading accident report narratives and sorting out all accidents that occurred in parking lots. At first, he would get a bit overwhelmed and miss some parking lots. He was shown by his trainer (Selma Johnson) how to look for key words to determine where accidents occurred. He began making progress and became so good at identifying parking lot accidents that he would help new trainees. His confidence grew and he was no longer afraid when assigned new tasks. Selma said, "I saw his confidence level continually rise."
After completing LEAP in 2009, Jared secured full-time employment in the Medical Records department at Holmes Regional Medical Center. Congratulations Jared!!
Johathan working at Space Coast Inn
Jonathan joined the LEAP program at Wuesthoff Hospital in March 2010. He worked in Medical Records. He was always punctual and professional, but also shy and unsociable. After a few weeks, Jonathan joined the Behavioral Health Department at Wuesthoff as a LEAP student. During his time in the Behavioral Health Department, his trainer, Sharon Shocklee, observed a rise in his self-esteem and an improvement in his social skills. Jonathan remained in that department until his employment at Space Coast Inn at Patrick Air Force Base in July 2010. At this hotel, Jonathan handles reservations for military personnel and guests, which requires good social skills and confidence. In the time that Jonathan has been employed at Space Coast Inn, he has received numerous compliments on his work from both his supervisor, and customer surveys.
Below is Jonathan's poster which was diplayed for several months, beginning in November 2011, on the 6th floor of Florida Department of Education's Turlington Building in Tallahassee. Congratulations Jonathan!
Shown below are former LEAP participants at the Employment Network of Central Florida Second Annual Employee Awards Celebration at Health First, Inc. Holmes Rsegional Medical Center on October 3, 2013.