My son Drew is 20 years old and in his second year at Georgia Tech's Excel program. I can honestly say that he has surpassed my lifetime goals for him in just this first 18 months. Excel is making a life changing impact on Drew and us as a family. We are so fortunate to have found this incredible program.
We always believed that he would live with us for the rest of his life. We never thought he would be capable of living independently. He is now living in an apartment. He has developed friendships that I expect will be lifelong. He is able to walk to the grocery store to buy his food. He has learned to keep to his budget. He has learned to cook and can do his own laundry as well as clean his apartment. He has been invited to sorority parties and goes to sporting events. I guess my point is that he has learned to be independent but that he is also having the most fun in his entire life.
Excel has also quickly figured out his interests and their vocational team is working on skills needed to pursue his vocational dreams. They quickly figured out that he loves technology and animals and he has had internships in the IT Dept and the Humane Society. They have taught him how to prepare a resume , how to dress for an interview and so many other invaluable skills.
They start with the most basic skills and continue to progress as far as the individual student can go. I believe that by the end of these four years, he will be living independently and working in a job that he loves, not just one that he HAS to do. He is happy and thriving and I believe that is because of the Georgia Tech's Excel program.
Rhonda Taubin, mother of Drew Shulman (Georgia Tech Excel)