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When we were in school we learned a lot of things, but for most of us the most important lessons were outside of the classroom in the real world. For the past twelve years, a Utah Toyota dealership has partnered with a local school to give special needs students an opportunity to work, and learn valuable job skills.


According to ABC 4 Utah, Karl Malone Toyota has been working with the South Valley School as part of an ongoing, hands-on training program for students with special needs. These young people have a range of situations that include Down's Syndrome, autism, or other learning disabilities. But, every weekday, customers will see about twenty students throughout the dealership learning how to detail cars, greet customers, or keep the place looking tidy.

It's a win-win scenario for everyone; the students get a chance to learn some job skills and the dealership gets to give back to the community.

"We just want to have kids come here and enjoy us and enjoy them because they really do make a difference for us and our customers," said Amy Hind, Customer Relations Manager, Karl Malone Toyota.


All of this goes to show what many of us already know, which is folks with disabilities, whether they be physical or developmental, want to have a job and be productive . Not long ago we reported about a dealership giving an opportunity to a car-loving young man who had a disability that made it so he could never drive. And don't forget about the car-wash that employs adults with autism.

These dealers are quickly making people forget that stealerships exist. That's the best part.

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