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New Canaan STAR Client Finds Independence

June 25, 2019


Three days a week STAR client, and New Canaan resident Austin Star, 22, gets himself to work at New Canaan Music, and the New Canaan Playhouse theater.

Austin is a young adult on the autism spectrum who recently graduated from the Maplebrook School in New York upon graduating from the New Canaan public school system.

Austin joined the STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way High School Transition Program to get assistance with job placement and support. He found a supportive, nurturing environment that promotes inclusion and community-based activities, the agency said in a press release. Through STAR’s offering of engaging community-based recreation and educational classes, he is developing age-appropriate actionable life skills.

Austin attends the STAR New Canaan day program at 111 Elm Street, where he goes five days a week mixing work, recreational classes or volunteer activities, to have lunch and socialize with other STAR clients who are his peers and new friends.