Slater worked with Kyle as he learned to work, developed social skills and identified the strengths he could bring to the job.
That led to the internship with the Town of Plattsburgh. Mannix said Kyle spent time in the Planning Department and Assessor’s Office before he found his niche in the Water and Wastewater Department.
“That proved to be a particularly good fit,” Mannix said.
‘UNDER HIS WING’
During Kyle’s internship, one of his mentors was David King, who died unexpectedly in June 2012 at the age of 48.
Kyle said he really misses him and learned a lot from him about overcoming adversity, as King had only recently learned to read, with the assistance of the Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County.
“He took me under his wing,” Kyle said.
King’s death created an opening in the Water and Wastewater Department, and Kyle was one of six candidates who applied for the job.
Stoddard said a review of the applicants’ credentials put Kyle on top, and he has been a full-time employee since December 2012.
Kyle said the assistance he received from all involved really allowed him the chance to settle in to his new job.
Mannix gives the young man full credit for his success with the department.
“It was our honor to nominate the Town of Plattsburgh Water and Wastewater Department (for the award),” Robinson said, “because they recognized the abilities and contributions that Kyle brought to the workplace, and they made a commitment to diversify their workforce by hiring him.
“The partnership (among) the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, partners in Transition and the Town of Plattsburgh Water and Wastewater Department is an example of best practice in the employment of individuals with disabilities.”
View a Office for People with Developmental Disabilities video about Kourofsky and the Town of Plattsburgh at: http://tinyurl.com/keze5fe.
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