It was at the height of the 5th wave of COVID-19 that the interns of
the Work Integration program for people with an intellectual disability, an autism spectrum
disorder or a physical disability (DI-ASD-DP) have once again come to lend a hand to the teams at
the Laurentides Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS). Since January 10, between
six and eight trainees have been preparing gargling screening kits, used to screen certain patients or employees.
This internship follows the positive experience achieved during the first wave. Indeed, a first internship at the CISSS des Laurentides warehouse had enabled DI-TSA-DP interns to collaborate in preparing
orders for personal protective equipment for CISSS des Laurentides staff and regional partners. In the midst of the 5th wave, the objective was also to ensure internal production of COVID-19 screening tests in order to meet the increased demand.
Once again, the tasks required to achieve this objective were completely appropriate, accessible and above all interesting for the trainees’ learning.
“The collaboration of these interns has been noticed by all since September 2020. The efforts they put in preparing gargling screening sets led to achieving 8000-9000 tests weekly.
It is thanks, among other things, to this considerable contribution that we can respond to the strong demand for screening tests. Their autonomy for the task, their interest and their pride in helping to protect health care personnel and the population is simply worthy of mention,” said the
President and CEO of the CISSS des Laurentides, Ms. Rosemonde Landry.
People with an intellectual disability, an autism spectrum disorder or a physical disability evolve easily in carrying out adapted tasks. For them, these responsibilities are rewarding, motivating and they accomplish them with both meticulousness and pleasure. Thus, interns in the Work Integration program have the chance to develop their autonomy and develop various professional skills.
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