Easterseals ACCE student recognized for achievements

An Easterseals Arkansas student who is participating in the Academics, Community, Career Development, and Employment (ACCE) program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been recognized for her exceptional achievements in the community. 

Allyson Cameron received the Student Achievement Award at the Council for Exceptional Children banquet Oct. 24. 

For 37 years, the Council for Exceptional Children has recognized children and youth with exceptionalities who have demonstrated their determination and achievements in multiple ways. The Yes I Can Program has continued to grow and change since its inception in 1982, with more than 40,000 children and young adults recognized at the national, state, and/or provincial level. 

“Allyson is an outstanding student in the ACCE program because she is not only eager to learn, but she also is excited about the new skills she is developing to help her in life and in a career,” said ACCE Coordinator Kristina Jones. 

The ACCE program, a post-secondary education and training program between Easterseals Arkansas and UA Little Rock, is currently in its fourth year. The two-semester program provides students between ages 18 and 30 with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to have a college and work experience that prepares them for employment. 

“My class of 13 students is participating part-time in class to obtain job skills and soft skills,” Jones said. “The internships are allowing them to have some hands-on experience. The goal of the program is for all of the students to find competitive community employment.” 

Cameron currently interns part time in the Department of Human Resources at CHI St. Vincent. She is also attending the ACCE class daily at UA Little Rock. 

“She is helpful to other students in the class that need more time to process or assistance with the computer lab,” Jones said. “She assists a fellow student in a wheelchair so that he can get to inaccessible areas in public. She is caring and enjoys volunteering to help people in the community. She sets an example for other students in her ability to manage her time and be organized. Allyson is an outstanding student of ACCE and she exemplifies the perseverance to pursue her dreams.”

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