Schedule

So to say my life has been a bit different would be an understatement. As I mention a couple of weeks ago, my son got his first job. What I didn’t realize is how much more time he would spend here at my house.

Since the grocery store where he works is closer to my house than his mom’s and she can’t take him to work, only pick him up usually, he now ends up spending the majority of his night’s here with my mom taking him to work most days. It’s a good thing she lives so close to me. To say nothing of the fact that I don’t have a car to begin with.

So on those nights I normally blog, he’s usually here and I just feel it’s important to give him my undivided attention. Hopefully, I’ll get my schedule back on track, just maybe writing more of my posts in advance and when I have some free time. No doubt, this won’t be the last time I write about my schedule.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

 

Advertisements

Working

It’s something that I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy doing for a long time but yesterday I found out my oldest son now has a job too, working part-time at our local grocery store. While he doesn’t even know what he will be doing, since his orientation is tomorrow, it is exciting at least to me.

I know it’s not what he thinks he ultimately wants to do, it’s a big step. Turns out he also has a couple of friends who work there, as well as one of my friends. Today our local grocery store, tomorrow a job in the automotive field.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

His future

So first let me explain while I’m blogging twice tonight. It seems I’ve just been busy and wasn’t able to post last Thursday or this past Tuesday, due in part golf (see my previous blog post entitled Me, my dad and my son). Any way, now where was I?

Well, a couple of weeks ago I talked about how I’ve been working on my son’s future and what I can do to help. For the last few weeks he’s been looking for a job and just this week I spoke with the person who is helping him do that to see what we can do to help him.

Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas about how to find a job and tonight I had what I hope is a really good idea. I realized that the non-paying job he did this last school year, cleaning/building is the type of work he could do where I work.

Since his was job with the federal government and I work for the federal government, it makes sense, right? That way we might be able to go to work and come home together and I would be there in case he’s having any problems. Here’s hoping!

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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

 

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

 

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

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?

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

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?

Sincerely-

  
Autism Librarian

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!

  

Autism Librarian