Atlanta’s School for Learning Disabilities, Cumberland Academy of Georgia, Partnered With Gap Retail Store

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Cumberland Academy of Georgia, Atlanta’s special needs school for high functioning Autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD and other learning disorders, partnered with Gap Inc. to give students a retail vocational experience. Students worked for a day as a Gap employee.

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Our students were thrilled about their visit to the Gap. They enjoyed the opportunity to observe and participate in the running of the store. The experience provided them with a close up look at the world of retail.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia, a high school for learning disabilities, is a SACS CASI accredited, non-profit independent school dedicated to educating students with special needs. In addition to challenging, college-prep academics, students from Cumberland are also exposed to a variety of vocational, social and life skills. The academy encourages students to experience a variety of work environments in the business world.

This week, Cumberland students experienced the work environment of the Gap retail store in conjunction with Gap Inc.’s Autism awareness day. Cumberland sent several high-school-aged students to experience a day as a Gap employee. Students were trained and paired with a Gap employee. Together, students and employees worked at various stations in the store. Students worked as customer greeters, folded and tagged merchandise and checked out customers.

At the end of the shift, Cumberland students tallied up the merchandise sold and reported to the sales totals to all employees of the store. Additionally, the store manager discussed careers at the Gap with the students. “Mrs. Skates and our students were thrilled about their visit to the Gap,” said Don Sasso, Principal of Cumberland Academy of Georgia. “They enjoyed the opportunity to observe and participate in the running of the store. The experience provided them with a close up look at the world of retail.”

Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2008 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions at 404-835-9000 or email admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org. To learn more about Cumberland Academy of Georgia, please visit http://www.cumberlandacademy.org.

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