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‘Canine Days With A Objective’ … Canine Crew College students Achieve Beneficial Expertise Coaching Service Canine


Northern New Mexico college students with disabilities from the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Pre-Employment Transition Providers and On-the-Job Coaching program have been members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ (RMYC) ‘Canine Crew’ this summer season. Courtesy/NMDVR

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TAOS — Ten Northern New Mexico younger individuals with disabilities have been members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ (RMYC) “Canine Crew” this summer season.

For six weeks, members 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 have been a part of the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR) Pre-Employment Transition Providers and On-the-Job Coaching program, in addition they hung out working towards job expertise comparable to punctuality, teamwork, communication, and self-advocacy, whereas studying extra about their choices relating to additional schooling and employment. Every participant accomplished a vocational curiosity survey, created or up to date their resume, and have become licensed in CPR throughout the summer season.

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

“This program gives instantaneous motivation and engagement for college kids and entails so lots of the foundational expertise wanted for profitable transitions (to life after college): perseverance, frustration tolerance, problem-solving, splitting giant 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 be taught and follow these expertise, with speedy 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, comparable to tax kinds and direct deposit authorizations. They have 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 provided to proceed in a part-time place with Help Canine of the West. One other has enrolled at Gallaudet College in Washington, DC. The remaining 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 a lot of the college students from NMSD had not beforehand labored in a hearing-dominant setting. “This was a improbable crew and I’m so happy with how they related,” she says.

NMDVR contracts with RMYC to offer Pre-Employment Transition Providers for college kids 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 dvr.state.nm.us and make an appointment at one of many company’s two dozen places of work.

Scene of Northern New Mexico pupil throughout the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ (RMYC) ‘Canine Crew’ this summer season. Courtesy/NMDVR 

Scene of Northern New Mexico pupil throughout the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ (RMYC) ‘Canine Crew’ this summer season. Courtesy/NMDVR 

About NMDVR:

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 looking for alternatives to reinforce and diversify their workforce. Vocational rehabilitation is a voluntary program supporting individuals who wish to work. With an extended historical past of success and confirmed methodology for making the most effective suits, NMDVR is dedicated to serving to members thrive of their communities.



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