Summit Educational: Providing the Tools to Succeed

April 25, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 25, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM EDT

AMHERST, NY (WKBW-TV) - Inside the Paddock Vocational Training Center on Creekside Drive in Amherst, students with Autism and other developmental diseases are learning life skills that will help them earn a job once they graduate.

Teachers at this academy help students students with appropriate manners, dress and communication skills for when they apply for jobs. Assistant Principal for the Secondary Unit of Summit Academy, Cathy Phillips-Russ, says some local companies provide work for the students to do.

"They're actually doing jobs that other typical people may be doing," Phillips-Russ said. "That's very important because it gives our students some self worth it gives them pride and also they're giving back to the community."

She says they are always encouraging employers to provide work for the students to do.