Our business is deeply rooted in our St. Louis community and we pride ourselves on giving back to local organizations that align with our culture. Here at Accent Group Solutions, we put people first and that rings true through our community involvement. One of our biggest ways we provide a helping hand for those our community who are in need is through our Special School District (SSD) in St. Louis.
Why We Created our Special School District:
When our oldest son, Gary, was born with a brain abnormality, we became aware of the world of special needs. In raising our son, we learned that fewer than 20% of U.S. adults with special needs are employed. We wanted to improve this statistic and make a difference for our community. We saw an opportunity to make an impact on special needs families in our area and haven’t looked back!
About Our 3 Programs:
We host three programs that give young adults with special needs an opportunity to learn valuable work and social skills that help them succeed with future employment as well as in life. Teammates spend time learning new skills, making friends, learning how to be part of a team and conquering challenges every day. Accent is proud to participate in these programs:
– Vocational Skills Program (VSP) – this program helps mold our younger generation of children with special needs to become valuable employees in the future. These amazing students and teachers join our workforce every day. Accent becomes their school day.
– Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) – we host a summer-long program that teaches young adults with special needs the basic work and communication skills to learn job skills.
– Community Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI) – this program is designed to allow students enrolled in their school, to come to Accent and practice their vocational skills at our business.
Our Special School District is truly a work of heart for our Accent Group Solutions team. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic opportunity for many special needs children in our community who may not otherwise have work-training opportunities to prepare them for the bright future that lies ahead.