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Bloomington Education Center For Adults With Disabilities Relocating To Downtown

INDIANA UNIVERSITY SAMPLE GATES KIRKWOOD

CIP will be located in the Mercury Building in downtown Bloomington. (Indiana University Bloomington)

The College Internship Program is relocating to downtown Bloomington to better serve adults with disabilities.

The new office will be located in the Mercury Building. It’s being designed as a comprehensive transition program for adults from 18 to 26 years old on the Autism spectrum and other adults with learning disabilities.

Program Director Jake Steinmetz says he’s excited for the new location to open.

“Seeing them learn new skills and you know be able to live in an apartment on their own, hold back a job, graduate from college, those are all milestones that we get to be a part of," he says.

 It offers classes at Indiana University or Ivy Tech, internship and employment opportunities, living arrangements, and numerous wellness classes and activities.

Steinmetz says this program is a huge opportunity for these adults.

"Most young adults do not want to live at home for the rest of their lives, and so really helping them to gain independence—it means the world to them because it gives them the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to just survive," he says.

 A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 18.

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