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

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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

 

Right up my son’s alley

While these opportunities might be something my son would be interested in, I know it’s a stretch from where he’s at now. About as far as I’ve gotten is identifying some garages we might be able to go to and see if this is something he would be interested in.

This article over at Disability Scoop entitled “Ford Expands Autism Hiring Initiative” by Michelle Diament however, gives me hope for the future. Keeping hope alive is a good thing.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Today was the day

It didn’t start out to be this kind of day but it ended up that way. I intended to start cleaning my room but the first pile of papers I had in my room to go through turned out to be mostly about my oldest son and his future.

So today was the day I started really planning out his future. I created a sort of time line of what resources I need to get in touch with. I also created a to do list for myself of what I need to do to help create his future. Finally I started making a list of questions to ask a lawyer regarding his future finances.

Right now I’m taking a break to blog a little and then call my kids to wish them good night. Then, it’s back to more research on the next step to take. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sincerely-

       

Autism Librarian

 

Looking back (towards the future)

Tonight I was at my daughter’s parent-teacher conferences and like most times when I’m up there, someone always asks about her older brother but, this time it was me mentioning him to his former sixth grader counselor.

Of course, as soon as I look back, I also have to look towards his future. This article tonight is from Autism Speaks and it’s entitled “12 steps to help adults with autism find the right job“.Here’s hoping we find that right job and that the next time I’m up at the middle school, I can give them some really great news.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian