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Summer Camps a Success

ILRC hosts vocational summer camp for youth with disabilities

This month, The ILRC of Northeast Florida provided Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth with a career-focused, week-long summer camp called Careers 360. Students participated in a variety of activities, such as goal-setting, resume writing, applying for jobs, practicing mock interviews, and more.

Cara Wilmott is the Deaf/ Hard of Hearing Program Specialist for Duval County Public Schools. "ILRC is a fantastic group to collaborate with to help make youth career ready. I enjoyed watching the youth grow in their knowledge of career skills. I thought they would be bored learning about banking and credit, but they had so many questions," said Wilmot. "[Students] enthusiastically practiced interview skills.  They did not get upset when they were told they needed to work on a point. I even caught two boys practicing on their own during down times."

During the week, several guest speakers were invited to give presentations on credit, self-advocacy, and public transportation. The students completed STEM Projects on solar energy, wind energy, circuitry, and weather.

At the Camp's end, students took a tour of Pitney Bowes to learn about jobs. The Jacksonville-based company is collaborating with the Independent Living Resource Center on expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities served by the nonprofit agency.

"The kids were fantastic. Great questions and they were engaged in the tour," said Peter Gignac, Assistant Operations Manager at Pitney Bowes.

Back To School Drive

for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at Central Riverside Elementary
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Remember! Tax Free Weeked is August 5th-7th

Qualifying purchases include:

  • Clothing, shoes, and accessories ($100 or less per item)
  • Back-to-school supplies ($15 or less per item)
  • Computers and computer accessories (tax savings applies to the first $750 of the sales price—only when purchased for personal/non-commercial use)

The ILRC's Deaf Consumer Program is collecting supplies for students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Riverside Elementary School.

The ILRC, 2709 Art Museum Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207
July 19th- August 15th

For more information, please contact Deidra Simon, Deaf Consumer Program Coordinator at (904) 399-8484 or

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