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RRI day habilitation making a difference

Activity, stimulation keys to program's success

Joe Pratico, a member of the RRI day habilitation program, buys a refreshing drink at the Southbridge YMCA after a swim in the pool. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
March 26, 2012
STURBRIDGE — To celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, it seems fitting that the spotlight be shined on a man who does not let his disability prevent him from leading an active and productive life.

Joe Pratico, 25, of West Brookfield, has been a member of the Rehabilitative Resources, Inc. (RRI) day habilitation program for four years. His mother, Paulette, is very pleased with the program and the array of activities RRI offers to his son, who suffers from autism.

"All of the RRI staff members are extremely professional and respectful of people's individual differences," Pratico said. "We are very lucky they offer this excellent program."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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