Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center has been a favorite co-op of Antioch students for many years. We were thrilled to re-establish this long partnership this past spring, when Izzy Bausch arrived to work as a para-professional educator. Upon their arrival, they were surprised to find another Antiochian employee. Russ Warshaw, ’90, arrived for his co-op at Crotched Mountain in the late 1980’s and is still there. Says Russ, “I planned on doing a co-op and ended up making my career at Crotched Mountain.”
Located on a hilltop in Greenfield, New Hampshire, Crotched Mountain is dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities and their families, embracing personal choice and development, and building communities of mutual support. Their services include a school and rehab hospital, the nation’s longest accessible trail, ATECH Services, Aquatics, ABA treatment for young children with autism, Cedars Point, Community Care, Equine Collaborative, Healing Arts, Outpatient and Residential Services, Sunnyfield Farm, therapeutic recreation and Wonderworks.
Izzy worked in the Crotched Mountain Residential School. The school helps students with multiple disabilities learn and grow in a therapeutic environment with the support of 1:1 para-professionals and a multi-disciplinary therapy team. Here is what Izzy says:
“This co-op has been very inspiring to me. I feel much more confident about my future career plans of being a child and adolescent psychiatrist. I am hoping that I will be able to help public schools implement better programs for students with disabilities, as I’ve heard a significant amount of complaints from parents of students with disabilities about the current state of many programs. These students are much more capable than many think, and should be given the same quality of education as an abled person. They are excellent students and it’s an honor to work with them.”