Alistair Abel, a graduate of the Achievement Learning Centre (ALC), has secured a job internship at Jolly’s Pharmacy.
The Achievement Learning Centre, located at Pottersville in Roseau, caters to children with disabilities and special educational needs.
It teaches them to function in the real world as well as the curriculum approved by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.
On Friday 6 July 2018, the school hosted a ceremony to celebrate eight of its students including Abel who will be one of the first persons with Down Syndrome to be integrated into the working world.
“We make history at the Achievement Learning Centre and also in Dominica; Alistair will be taking up a job internship at Jolly’s Pharmacy,” Founder of the Achievement Learning Centre, Beverly LeBlanc said at the ceremony.
Ms. LeBlanc added that the internship will be for one month after which he will be reviewed. Additionally, the Achievement Learning Centre will be providing Jolly’s Pharmacy staff with some training as they prepare for Alistair.
“We just want to say ‘to God be the glory, great things he has done’, Ms. LeBlanc said and thanked his parents for “entrusting us with Alistair”.
Teacher at the Achievement Learning Centre, Miss Yorke described Alistair as “our eldest student and go to guy for help. He always let’s people know how strong he is; very loving and caring individual”.
“Mr. Abel loves being hands on in all activities around the centre. He likes things in proper order and always compliments when they are due and comments if there are beauty tips that need to be redone,” she added.
Among his achievements highlighted by Ms. Yorke includes the completion of a landscaping course at the Dominica State College before his 18th birthday.
“So Alistair we say a warm goodbye to you from ALC because you are no longer a student here but a big brother,” Miss Yorke said.