Keep APS Ivyland Open
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My sister, Jessica, is 25 years old and has Down Syndrome. She graduated from Hatboro Horsham in 2012 and started working at APS in Ivyland. With Jessica's disability, it is hard for her to have a full time job out in the community. APS provides a safe environment where she can work with her friends and make some money. Although she is extremely high functioning and so intelligent, there are some people who work at APS that cannot work in the community. My sister makes way less than minimum wage but to her, the money isn't important. Jessica is proud of every single check she brings home. Working at APS has provided Jessica with social interaction she may not have without this job. My family all has either work or school every day and taking Jessica to see her friends is not always possible. Every day Jessica is picked up by the bus that takes her to her job. Transportation is clearly an important aspect in having a job and without this provided for her, she will not be able to get to a community job.
Losing this job would be so horrible for my sister and all of her co-workers. People with disabilities already have so much to fight against every single day, why take away their job where they're comfortable? In a perfect world, everyone with disabilities would be able to work in the community, but this is not a perfect world and that is so unrealistic. Losing this job would take away so much from each of APS' employees. Do not close this establishment. Be their voice and take a stand. There is already talk of APS closing in Trevose and we have to work hard to keep Ivyland's APS open!
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