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Ridgely, Maryland
Cindy Thornton

The Benedictine School is a coed day and residential school for students, age 5-21 years old, with disabilities of mental retardation, multiple disabilities and autism.

Benedictine's program for young adults with developmental disabilities age 17 and older facilitates the transition from a sheltered environment to that of independence, offering employment and community living skills instruction. Young adults in this program receive remedial instruction in reading, language and math, leisure activities, personal hygiene, orientation to work, and social and cultural enrichment.

With supervision and counseling, students work for local employers in the community, in part-time, well supervised jobs, appropriate to their level of ability. Benedictine's vocational education facilities provide an environment in which students gain "real life" work experience in a variety of settings, including an on-campus greenhouse, Laundromat, mobile cleaning service and auto service station.

Benedictine offers a curriculum that provides instruction in traditional academic subjects - reading, math, social studies and science - supplemented with instructional and therapeutic services. These services include psychological and psychiatric services, occupational and physical therapy, vocational and community-based instruction, communications therapy, speech and language therapy, adaptive physical education and aquatics, behavioral programming and transitional services.

In addition, the Benedictine Industrial Training Center offers contractual services - Screen Printing, Embroidery, Commercial Printing and Color Copying, Graphic Design, Light Packaging Flower Arrangement, and Office Cleaning to the local business community.


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