“Individuals with disabilities are significantly underemployed and finding authentic opportunities to teach young people the skills they need to find and keep employment is a great challenge.  This partnership between Special School District and Accent has made a huge difference in the employability of the students we serve.  At Accent, our students are exposed to a wide array of transferable job skills, but more importantly, they are learning the soft skills of managing their time, interacting appropriately with coworkers, following workplace rules, and advocating for themselves.  I have watched our students gain so much confidence working alongside their Accent coworkers and learning that they are capable and valued workers.”

Kim Gettmeier
VSP Teacher, St. Louis Special School District