Message from the Executive Director
“Celebrate good times, come on!” Perhaps a Kool and the Gang reference shows my age, but the excitement and fun of that song are right on target for this time of year at IU13!
Prom, graduations, year-end events, reflections of the year’s accomplishments … it’s certainly a time for celebration, and that is what this issue of the IU13 Outlook is all about. I'm happy to share this "upbeat" news -- what you will find here is a collection of successes and heartwarming stories, all of which remind me that our work at IU13 is “Work Worth Doing.”
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to experience this year’s prom celebration for dozens of students with special needs!
Discover the excitement of students graduating with not simply a diploma but also with practical job skills – and in many cases, jobs!
Celebrate the commitment of hundreds of local businesses and employers who open their doors to help prepare students with disabilities for independent futures!
Be inspired by the dedication of students facing challenges with strength, perseverance, and the amazing support of families and educators!
Finally, this time of year provides a wonderful opportunity for reflection and a reminder that IU13 isn’t a building or a program – it’s an amazing team. Consider the words of Theodore Roosevelt …
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
With 1,600+ employees, it’s hard to sum up all of the work done each year at IU13 in support of students, families, and our community. What I can tell you, though, is that IU13 is blessed with a hardworking, dedicated group of individuals whose work makes a difference every day. In addition to enjoying these energizing articles, please take a few minutes to discover the wide range of what “work worth doing” looks like at IU13 in this video – it, too, is a celebration!