Broadening horizons for Miami-Dade students with disabilities

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Zachary Sweeting was in a bit of a rush. He’d been working for months, programming coordinates on a lathe and perfecting every curve and angle in each wooden pawn, rook and knight. But his custom chess set still needed some serious work and the afternoon was almost over, the school year nearly done.

There is, however, good news for this 20-year-old student.

When school returns in the fall, so will Bridges to Tomorrow, a fledgling Barbara Goleman Senior High transition academy that uses computer programs and digital power tools to teach life and job skills to students with disabilities. The saws and laser-guided engravers are among the high-tech equipment deployed through Miami-Dade schools, where recent advances in technology have boosted the education of special needs students.

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