Easterseals Program Recruits Immigrant Workers To Help Children With Disabilities

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Easterseals New Hampshire was trying to fill 280 open positions in Manchester to serve children with physical, neurological or behavioral disabilities. To fill those open positions, Easterseals had to get creative. So they created the “New Americans Program,” which trains immigrants and refugees to work with children in the Jolicoeur School in Manchester. This new program teaches the immigrants English along with crisis intervention, first aid and other skills. The program was started by Tina Sharby, Chief Human Resources Officer at Easterseals NH. She spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello about the New Americans Program. Tell us a little bit about the children being served by this program. Who are they and what stage of their lives are they in? These...

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