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Success Stories

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Shadair Kemp has never let obstacles get in his way. Born with a developmental and physical disability, Shadair has to use crutches in order to get around. But they are just a fact of life, not a hindrance. “I don’t let my crutches hold me back from doing anything that I want to do,” Shadair said.

Shadair was one of seven graduates from Goodwill’s first Project SEARCH class at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center. The school-to-work program is designed to prepare young adults with disabilities for competitive employment.

“Project SEARCH is a wonderful partnership between Spaulding and Goodwill,” said Colleen Moran, Director of Workforce and Volunteer Programs at Spaulding. “The students learn valuable skills in a real world workplace environment.”

Working with a job site specialist from Goodwill, Shadair completed two internships while at Spaulding, one in the Physical Therapy department and the other in Materials Management. “I liked working there because I got to interact with people,” Shadair said. “I’d say I’m good at talking with people.”

In June 2014, Shadair achieved two milestones: he completed the Project SEARCH program and he graduated from Charlestown High School. Now, Shadair is putting the skills he learned at Spaulding to good use and working as a retail processer at Marshalls.

“Working at Spaulding was great for me,” Shadair said. “It helped me learn what it would take to get a job.”


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