Thinking Outside the Box: A Hot Dog Cart!

Total Life Learning by Wendy Bridgeo,‎ Beth Caruso,‎ & Mary Zatta

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The Total Life Learning curriculum was developed for students ages 3 to 22 who are blind, visually impaired including those students who have additional disabilities or are deafblind. The focus is on the development of life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.

Through a grant from the Kurt Giessler Foundation for Youth Achievement a young man who recently graduated from Perkins School for the Blind was able to set up a hot dog stand.  John Shea, with support from his family, wanted to start a concession-style business. John, a 21-year-old Halifax resident, is visually impaired, has Cerebral Palsy and is surrounded by a supportive family. Through the creation of a Mobile Hotdog stand, John hopes to bring food and drink services to locations where often there are no concessions to event attendees and supportive fans. The stand will also hire many of John’s peers to provide them meaningful work, opportunities to interact, and of course make some money.

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