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TRC graduates overcome physical and emotional barriers to achieve success

 

Students from across the state take steps towards independence, including three from Montgomery County.

SMYRNA , Tenn. –  One of the largest groups of young men and women graduated today from the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna today.   Eighty-nine young men and women with significant disabilities walked or rolled their wheelchairs across the stage this morning during a graduation ceremony at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center.  The students, whose disabilities include quadriplegia, mental retardation, and traumatic brain injury, overcame tremendous barriers to get here today.

The new graduates took advantage of the diverse programs offered at TRC, including Building Maintenance, Business Education Training, Food Service Training, Custodial Training and Warehouse Training.  Many students who attend the TRC have mobility impairments, and need assistance with learning, or re-learning, how to live as independently as possible.

José Ortega from Mount Pleasant in Maury County, is one of these students.  He has quadriplegia and participated in the Physical Therapy program, as well as the Transitional Life Skills program.  He’s now attending college in middle Tennessee and hopes to become a hospital social worker.  Ortega was selected by his classmates to be the Student Speaker.

TRC student speaker Jose Ortega and DHS Assistant Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Andrea Cooper.

TRC student speaker Jose Ortega and DHS Assistant Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Andrea Cooper.

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