On the road

With my son on the road to one day finding a job, I came across this video on Facebook about a woman who started a company which hires people with special abilities.

The video is entitled “Special Needs Brewery” and can be found over at the 60 Second Docs Facebook page. As I have no doubt mentioned before, the thought of starting my own business has crossed my mind more than once.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

 

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Disability separation and inequality

So about a week ago, my son, his mom and I met to discuss my son’s ISP. During that meeting one of the topics that was brought up was what Evan would like to do in the future regarding work and one of the things I brought up was not having him work in a sheltered workshop.

So consequently, today while I was at work, I came across this article entitled “Separation and Inequality persist among Minnesotans with Disabilities, Study Says” in the Star-Tribune newspaper by Chris Serres. To say I was a bit disappointed would be stating in mildly. Next week in fact, I’m taking my son to a local community college to check out their automotive program. Stay tuned!

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Tomorrow

So tonight I went to a workshop on ABLE accounts but in the morning, I’ll go back to helping my son figure out his future. With that in mind, this article entitled “Increasingly, Businesses Tailoring Employment to Adults with ASD” by Yvonne Wenger over at Disability Scoop gives me hope for his future. Tonight I need to get some sleep and then tomorrow, I’ll take some more steps in that direction.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

Deaf

This video is to me just another example of people coming together no matter what their special ability. This story is about some deaf business owners that are creating a business nationwide for those who are deaf.

You can find it over at the ATTN, a media company that looks to break down important societal topics and conversations into digestible, entertaining  videos. This video is about the Mozzeria Pizza company and their owners.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Working at the car wash

Okay, there is a song by almost that same title entitled Working at the Car Wash Blues by my favorite singer of all time, Jim Croce but unlike Jim’s song, there are no blues here.

The video here is about a father who started up a car wash to hire his son and others like him. The video is entitled “Car Wash Hires People with Autism” over at the 60 Seconds Docs Presents website.

So as I sit here, my son appears ready to move on from the Vocational Skills Program with the Special School District of St. Louis County, I am pondering what’s next for him.

He does love cars but I think our next step is to take him over to a car shop that a friend of my brother’s owns and see if he can hang out there again. We’ve done it once and we’re invited to come back. So that’s our next step.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

Autism & jobs

So my son is out of high school but, now enrolled in a program with the Special School District of St. Louis County called the Vocational Skills Program or VSP, where the kids/adults learn both work and life skills.

Where my son goes from here, I am unsure of. Right now I’m looking to get him another chance to learn more job skills as a mechanic at a local automotive place called Combs Tires and I have to say what a great group of guys.

So I hope that more groups like the one mentioned in the article entitled “Nonprofit Wants to Create 130K jobs for People with Disabilities ” by Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop start to develop. We need more groups like Creative Spirit.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

One cup of coffee at a time

Okay, so they’re not a chain and definitely not located in St. Louis but after hearing their story on the Rachel Ray how, I highly recommend them. This from a person who doesn’t drink a lot of coffee.

The coffee shop is called Bitty & Beau’s Coffee and what they do is hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities or as I like to say, people with special abilities. I know it’s four months away still but, I think I know what my family is getting for Christmas.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Television

I’m willing to admit, I don’t watch a lot of television. In part because I don’t really care for much of what’s on tv these days. I did however, see an ad for a new show about a doctor with autism that sounded interesting.

There’s an article about it over at The Mighty entitled “ABC Adds Show About a Doctor with Autism ‘The Good Doctor’ to Fall Primetime Line-up” by Jordan Davidson. I think it’s good to show people that autism doesn’t necessarily have to limit someone’s employment possibilities.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Job coach

So last week I took my son over to a local mechanic’s business that is owned by a friend of my brothers and he got the chance to find out what mechanics do. He loves NASCAR and seems to know a lot of the makes and models of cars, so to me it seemed like a natural extension of that knowledge.

For two hours, he got to hang out with a couple of the mechanics, who I must say, were awesome! My son got to help replace the front brakes on one customer’s car and then helped with an inspection on another car, including changing the oil and checking tire pressure.

In a few weeks, we’ll do it again. Then he can help change tires and whatever else they will let him do. I think he really liked doing it. I’m very hopeful!

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

The more you know…

If I remember right, that’s a tag line for some commercial on television from years ago. Anyway, it’s what came to mind when I started thinking about this article, sort of that the more I read and learn about parents starting a business up for their child with special abilities, the more I think I should do that. If I just had the resources!

Anyway, the article is entitled “To build a future for their son, Dallas couple plan $12 million community for young adults with autism

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian