The Palm Beach School for Autism graduated its first high school class on May 24. The 16 graduates were cheered on by family, friends and staff as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives.
The 40-minute ceremony featured greetings and well wishes from High School Principal Jonathan Coyle, original Preschool Principal Nancy Frank, Executive Director Ann Eisenberg and a beautiful speech from graduate David Brown, who has been with the school since age 3. When talking about his original goals, he said, “As you know, miracles happen at our school. I successfully achieved those goals and more.”
The brief ceremony was followed by a celebration with a sparkling cider toast and cupcakes.
What’s next for these young adults with autism? Many students will enroll in Project Next, a new transition program on the campus of the Palm Beach School for Autism. Project Next will end the cycle of unemployment and isolation by providing a comprehensive program focused on job training, technology training, community-based instruction, travel training, health, wellness and nutrition. Participants will gain experience in the culinary, hospitality and microenterprise academies. Learn more at www.pbsfa.org.