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!



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Domino effect

Here’s some more news on the sheltered workshop courtesy of Disability Scoop. It seems another state, this time Oregon, is headed in the same direction as Vermont (and perhaps Minnesota).

Again, as the article states, at issue is the fact that “…individuals with developmental disabilities who wanted to work in community-based settings were instead stuck in jobs at sheltered workshops earning less than minimum wage”.

The article is entitled “Judge Approves Shift Away From Sheltered Workshops” by Shaun Heasley.  Missouri, hello? Are you listening?



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Sheltered Workshops

I’ve talked about these before (see my Talking to friends post) and so with my son coming ever closer to graduating from high school, I’ve suddenly become more aware of sheltered workshops.

In my aforementioned post, I learned how in states with these, the pay is much lower for the workers. In some reading I’ve done recently, it explains it like this, if a typical worker (not in a sheltered workshop) takes one hour to do a task, they get paid the going rate (let’s say minimum wage) but if it takes one of these workers (in a sheltered workshop) two hours, then they get half of that rate.

In a recent article at Disability Scoop, they talk about how “In 2002, Vermont became the first state to stop funding sheltered workshops.” and so after the discussion I had with a friend plus the reading I’ve been doing, I’m leaning that way myself.

Vermont has change it’s thinking so that  “adults with disabilities are expected to take their place each day alongside other working people.” You can learn more about Vermont in the article entitled “A Bet On Inclusion Pays Off” by Chris Serres at the Star Tribune and courtesy of Disability Scoop.

Also, It now seems that Minnesota is headed in this direction, according to another article by Chris Serres, entitled “Minnesota’s workshops for people with disabilities could lose some subsidies. My question, when will Missouri begin this discussion?


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Workin’ for a livin’

I think that Huey Lewis had it right, I’m takin’ what their givin’ cause I’m workin’ for a livin’. Anyway, my son is happy taking what they’re giving as he too is workin’ for a livin’. Here’s Huey Lewis & the News to take us out. On a side note, I read once that it seems a lot of kids with special abilities like his music. Who knew?!

Go Boys!


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