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School works with special-needs children, adults

March 4, 2011

MARIETTA - Ewing School and Wasco Workshop continue to provide education and employment opportunity for students and adults with special needs.

Ewing School works primarily with children who have mental or physical disabilities that make traditional classrooms more difficult.

The school has six preschool classrooms, three in the morning and three in the afternoon. Ewing also offers three school-age classrooms for children with severe disabilities, one of which focuses on children with autism.

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Susan Tilton, shown outside Ewing School, is superintendent of the Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Ewing School also offers space for a Head Start classroom which is open to students from low-income families. The school serves about 50 preschool-age children each year who have disabilities or developmental delays, and about 10 non-disabled peers. The school also serves about 20 school-age students as well, some from outside of the county.

In addition the staff runs a three-week summer camp for eligible children from Washington County. The camp meets three days a week in June and is funded solely through donations.

School officials annually canvass the community for the money to support the school and the summer camp, as well as partnering with area businesses.

Also part of the school is the Wasco Workshop which focuses on finding job opportunities and training for adults with disabilities. The school begins working with high-school age adults, but serves many adult age groups.

The program provides opportunities for job shadowing, classroom training and working with area businesses to find more employment opportunities for those with disabilities.

In recent years efforts have focused on finding more employment opportunities for students at the school and explaining the job-search process to students.

More information on Wasco Workshop and educational and employment opportunities through the program can be found online at



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