New York's Pod Hotel Launches Training Program For Young Adults with Autism
The Apprentice notwithstanding, we're totally down with hospitality intern programs. If you start early and learn on the job you're much better placed to succeed in your hotel-world career for years to come. So we were heartened to hear about the latest internship program at New York's Pod Hotel. There, managing director David Bernstein has introduced a training program for young adults with autism.
Five interns aged 18–21 will work alongside the hotel's housekeeping staff in the program that kicked off in March. The training is part of the bigger picture at the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC), which teaches young autistic people life skills and helps them to develop responsibility and establish their independence.
In this crappy economy, it's even more important that people have access to valuable training, and we applaud the Pod Hotel for teaming up with AHRC in this endeavor.
The program is federally funded, but the bulk of the kudos here goes to Bernstein, who quickly expressed his support and desire to work with AHRC. With a teenage son who was born autistic, Bernstein knows better than anyone the challenges that face people with the neurological disorder.
For more information on AHRC, visit their website here.
[Photo: Pod Hotel's website ]