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“Canine Crew” features beneficial expertise coaching service canines

TAOS, N.M. – Ten Northern New Mexico younger folks with disabilities had been members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ (RMYC) “Canine Crew” this summer season. For six weeks, contributors educated service canines in Taos and labored at Help Canine of the West headquarters in Santa Fe. Amongst their duties was serving to to coach and groom the canines, present well being checks, and monitor canines’ play teams. In addition they recorded the weights of the greater than 20 canines concerned and saved their pens clear.

As these college students had been a part of the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR) Pre-Employment Transition Companies and On-the-Job Coaching program, in addition they hung out working towards job expertise reminiscent of punctuality, teamwork, communication, and self-advocacy, whereas studying extra about their choices concerning additional schooling and employment. Every participant accomplished a vocational curiosity survey, created or up to date their resume, and have become licensed in CPR through the summer season.

Six college students attend the New Mexico College for the Deaf (NMSD). 4 others are from the Taos space.

Emma Perkowska, 18, of Arroyo Seco, with a yellow lab named Wave.

“This program gives on the spot motivation and engagement for college students and entails so most of the foundational expertise wanted for profitable transitions (to life after college): perseverance, frustration tolerance, problem-solving, splitting massive targets into smaller steps, clear communication, endurance,” says Denise Dumesnil, Canine Management Crew, RMYC of New Mexico. “Working with the canines naturally gives a possibility to study and apply these expertise, with rapid suggestions from the canine—who’s nonjudgmental and for a lot of college students, simpler to attach with than friends.”

Dumesnil provides being within the Canine Crew is real-world work, so college students needed to full an software and all the required paperwork that comes with a job, reminiscent of tax kinds and direct deposit authorizations. They had been paid for his or her work.

Individuals ranged in age from 15 to twenty-eight. The 28-year-old, Marco Kiesling of Taos, has been supplied to proceed in a part-time place with Help Canine of the West. One other has enrolled at Gallaudet College in Washington, DC. The remainder are returning to highschool this fall.

Dumesnil notes that along with conquering their different challenges, the Canine Crew needed to overcome the language barrier: these from Taos don’t know American Signal Language, and many of the college students from NMSD had not beforehand labored in a hearing-dominant setting. “This was a unbelievable crew and I’m so pleased with how they related,” she says.

NMDVR contracts with RMYC to supply Pre-Employment Transition Companies for college students in Northern New Mexico with disabilities. To take part on this or any NMDVR program, New Mexico residents with a incapacity (of any age) ought to go to and make an appointment at one of many company’s two dozen places of work.


The New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR) helps eligible people with documented disabilities discover appropriate employment. To take action, NMDVR companions with corporations and businesses in search of alternatives to boost and diversify their workforce. Vocational rehabilitation is a voluntary program supporting individuals who need to work. With an extended historical past of success and confirmed methodology for making the perfect suits, NMDVR is dedicated to serving to contributors thrive of their communities.

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