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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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

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

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

Sheltered workshop update

So as this article states, the clock is ticking on Ohio to make some changes by 2019. Now I know I’ve posted before on how changes are needed for shelter workshops. I talk to one parent who said they pay like three or four dollars an hour, almost have what people who don’t have a disability get paid.

Since my son is still not there yet, I forget what those and their families have to be worried about when and/or if the changes happen in Ohio, here in Missouri and elsewhere. This article, entitled “Changes Looming For Sheltered Workshops” by Alan Johnson over at Disability Scoop really brought that home.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

After tonight

I must admit, tonight went about as well as can be expected. I think I came to a decision on guardianship (or rather power of attorney). It was also nice to find this article over at Disability Scoop entitled “For Transition-Age Students, Mock Store Offers Job Training by Sandra Stokley.

It reminds me of some of things going on over at Walgreens (though I can’t remember the article). I’ll see if I can find it tomorrow and re-post it.

Anyway, it’s always nice to see new programs being created to help these kids and adults with special abilities. It’s even better to see after going over guardianship and some of the awful choices that parents might have to make. It gives me hope!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian