RSC Aids Teen with Down Syndrome Gets Job and Freedom
A team of educators, Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission
(RSC) vocational trainers and supportive parents helped Aaron
Klosterman, a person disabled by Down Syndrome, obtain what
every teenager in America craves—money, motorized movement and
The Sidney lad was one of hundreds of teens with disabilities who yearly make the transition from high school to employment or college with the assistance of loving parents, RSC, school special education teachers, work-study coordinators and community rehabilitation programs. RSC’s Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation office in Lima participated in Team Klosterman.
The teen’s motorized movement, a driver’s license, came in April 2004 after he completed a driver’s education class especially designed for people with disabilities by Capabilities, Inc., a community rehabilitation provider (CPR). This achievement was followed by a job (money) in July and graduation (motivation) from Sidney High School in June 2005. RSC helped Klosterman get his paycheck for part time work at the local Taco Bell.
Prior to employment RSC hired Capabilities, Inc. to assess the youngster’s aptitudes and interests and find him a fitting job. (The key to success is matching a youth’s interest to an employer.) The CPR relied on a job coach to work alongside the youth to be certain he mastered the job and met Taco Bell’s expectations. Klosterman now toils “coach-free,” though the CPR remains available for refreshers and additional job training. The youth hopes to increase his working hours soon so he can earn money to buy how own car—freedom!
RSC annually provides Klosterman and other youths with disabilities more than jobs and wheels. It gives them the independence, hopes and dreams that will fuel their futures.