Students with autism in Alpharetta, Ga., are forming unique friendships with the elderly through a very special program. The Lionheart School provides a specialized learning environment for students, including a vocational program that brings their older students who have autism together with senior citizens in a win-win of friendship and real-world training.
Every Tuesday, the students look forward to going to the Dogwood Forest Retirement Community where they help out. “We began slowly at first, delivering the mail and playing recreational games,” Heather Wagner, a director at the Lionheart School, told The Huffington Post in an email. “From there we added on, setting the tables for the meals, playing word games and singing songs with the residents in the memory care unit.” The activities help to prepare the students for life outside of the school system by providing them with useful skills, but they also bring together two seemingly very different groups of people.
Source: Huffington Post