Transition Success Story: Damian Jackson

by Kristina
Rolfes
August 2, 2013
With support and guidance from Kennedy Krieger School Programs, Damian now has his foot in the door as a rehabilitation technician and medical illustrator at a local hospital.

Damian JacksonAfter graduation from Kennedy Krieger High School, Damian Jackson went on to complete three 10-week internships at Union Memorial Hospital. In April, Damian, 21, was offered a job at the hospital as a rehabilitation technician for inpatient physical therapy. Damian impressed the staff with his professionalism and work ethic during his internship, and they also appreciated his artistic ability. They have asked him to illustrate an upcoming chapter in a hospital book about hand injuries and physical therapy.

“Isn’t it wonderful?” says Ann Marie Angarita, Damian’s coordinator at Project Search—The Arc Baltimore’s education and internship program for students with disabilities. “He has his foot in the door. We are all so happy for him!”

Keys to Success

Damian participated in Kennedy Krieger’s work-based learning program at Kennedy Krieger High School. Adult services coordinator Chuck Durgin connected Damian with Project Search. Damian wouldn’t be where he is today without the support and guidance of Kennedy Krieger, says Carla Dixon, Damian’s mom. “A lot of people worked with Damian to help him so he could succeed,” she says. “I’m very grateful.”

“He’s working, he’s happy, and he’s growing socially… He’s succeeded so much. I’m just so proud of him.”

—Carla Dixon, mother of Damian

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