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“WOW, an escalator, what’s that?”

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Becoming 18 is monumental for many students. It’s the time of trying new things, going to new places, and meeting new people.

For ATP Students at Laguna Creek High School it’s running student businesses, going grocery shopping and occasionally visiting some of Sacramento’s landmarks.

However this school year, The ATP Program will not be able to do that. The ATP has been waiting on their transportation vans to be approved since July, and will not be able to go off the LCHS campus often.

The ATP (Adult Transitional Program) is a life-skills class preparing students, 18 to 22 years, with developmental disabilities to become independent.

The ATP thrives on going out into the community and interacting with others; this teaches them social skills, life skills (such as money-exchange, street law) and helps them raise funds.

On one such occasion, an ATP student had never seen an escalator and got to go on their first escalator ride at the mall.

“It’s silly stuff like that, that people don’t think about. Just going to the mall and going ‘WOW, an escalator, what’s that?’ “, says ATP Instructor Tina Sandlen.

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