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Letters: Lessons and students' independence

Carly Sehoenferd, left, 20, of Merrick, works at

Carly Sehoenferd, left, 20, of Merrick, works at The Stable, a new store at Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick. The students there learn the ins and outs of how to operate a store. (Oct. 11, 2012) Credit: Chris Ware

Your article "Job skills, and a lesson" [Business, Oct. 12] is very timely, with so many changes at the New York State Education Department that affect students with disabilities.

New Regents testing regulations make it more difficult for a student with a disability to receive an actual high school diploma. There has been a strong reaction from parents about these changes, which affect those who entered ninth grade last year.

The Bellmore-Merrick school store cited in the article -- one of many school projects in which South Oaks Hospital is involved through its Career and Educational Counseling Center -- meets a need by teaching skills that a student can use to become an independent member of our community.

Although some individuals may not achieve the scores needed to receive a local, non-Regents diploma, they will certainly learn practical life skills that will point them in the right direction. Perhaps state education officials would consider to a greater degree these practical skills toward earning the local diploma.

Kristie Golden, Amityville

Editor's note: The writer is the vice president of ambulatory and community services at South Oaks Hospital.

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