Two graduate at Wood Lane PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 23 May 2013 09:09
Two students will graduate from Wood Lane School this month.
Joseph "Joey" Symington and Robin Zipperer will be the lone students celebrating graduation on Friday at 1 p.m. in the school gym.
Vic Gable, director of Community Employment Services, will be the guest speaker.
Symington, 22, of Northwood, and Zipperer, 21, of Bowling Green, both have spent much of their lives receiving services at Wood Lane.
Zipperer keeps active recycling pop cans, stacking chairs and helping in the cafeteria, and folding and delivering laundry.
"She's always on the move," said teacher Beth Fyffe.
She does "as many tasks that require movement" that she can, added the teacher.
Zipperer prefers to be outdoors taking a walk or on a swing but also is working on daily living skills such as cooking.
"She's good at everything she does - at her own ability," stated Fyffe.
Zipperer will move on to Wood Lane Industries, where workers with disabilities can assemble, package, sort, label, seal, and staple while working in the industries.
She already is helping take apart DVD players for recycling while still spending time in the school helping with laundry.
She'll continue to live in a residential home in Bowling Green.
Symington likes music and vibrations.
"He could be a future drummer," said Fyffe, smiling. "He likes to make the rhythm."
He also likes textures and feeling things, the teacher added, and "he does awesome on the bike," an adapted tricycle that he can ride around the gym.
Symington uses a wheelchair and he will go into the Life Enhancement Options (LEO) Service at the industries.
LEO provides an alternative to employment and vocational programs through therapeutic and meaningful activities that enhance the individual's highest level of participation.
Both students are non-verbal and Symington also is visually-impaired.
They took their senior trip to Bass Pro Shop, and then a Mud Hens baseball game earlier this month.
"It really was an awesome trip for them," Fyffe said.

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