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The Career and Educational Counseling Center at South Oaks Hospital Recognizes Business Community - Employers cited for outstanding support of students with special needs

Amityville, NY, June 16, 2014 - The Career and Educational Counseling Center at South Oaks Hospital recently hosted a breakfast recognizing the invaluable support provided to students with disabilities by national and local retailers and businesses.

Cassie Reilly, transitional coordinator of Northport High School, presented an important overview of the internship/employment program while providing heartfelt commentary from the students regarding their experiences.

"The partnership with employers in the community is essential to the future success of our students" said Karen Gross, rehabilitation counselor, at South Oaks Hospital. "The skills they learn are a bridge to employment opportunities as well as creating an environment that fosters greater understanding in matching students' interests and abilities with appropriate employment."

Robert Detor, president & CEO, South Oaks Hospital, said he was delighted to personally thank Siopia Brown, Kohl's - Commack, Courtney Kenney, Old Navy - Northport and Debi Power-Dooley and Kathy Kirby-Viardi, Signature Premier Properties-Northport as well as acknowledge the support of Greenlawn Equestrian Center, Willow Pet Hotel -Deer Park, Bob's Stores - South Huntington, Modell's Sporting Goods - Northport, Sears Holdings - East Northport, Home Depot - Commack, Stop & Shop - South Huntington and Harborfields, Walmart - Commack, Chili's - Northport, Applebee's - Commack, Petco - Northport, Advanced Auto - Huntington Station and Riebe's Artist Material - Melville.

Photo: Front row: (left to right) Debi Power-Dooley, Kathy Kirby-Viardi, Signature Premier Properties. Second Row: (left to right) Siopia Brown, Kohl's, Karen Gross, South Oaks, Courtney Kenney, Old Navy, Cassie Reilly, Northport High School.

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