WORK FOR AUTISTIC ADULTS..WHERE TO START LOOKING?

Gail - posted on 06/09/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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JAMIE HAS COME TO THE END OF HIS SCHOOLING...HE NEEDS TO WORK OR BE ACTIVE INSTEAD OF SITTING AT HOME..FINDING ADULT WORKSHOPS ARE VERY DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR AUTISTIC PEOPLE WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES.

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Ali - posted on 06/15/2010

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Hello Gail,
I would ask around your area if you have a Vocational Rehabilitation Center and see if they offer help for people with disabilities. Mine does and has it were u can work part time or full. They may test him to see what skills he has or needs help in. Some smaller stores may need a bag boy or stock boy something where he has to do just one job only so he is not to be overwhelmed. Most of all ask him what he likes or if you know what he is good at doing for you and around your house. I know it’s not easy and it may take some time but with patients you will find something that you both can be proud of. Good luck to you and your family :)

Michelle - posted on 06/14/2010

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depends where you live but theres lots of programs i live in maine and work for a company called phoenix /amicus i job coach w/ adults w/ disabilities and there are tons of jobs . try a search for it in your area.

Jane - posted on 06/11/2010

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Very much depends on his functioning level. Sometimes, camps for the disabled will hire the disabled as counselors, kitchen help, etcetera. Working with others could really help him out, and give him a reference for future applications. Camp Courage in Maple Lake, Minnesota is one camp like that.

Sheila - posted on 06/10/2010

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HI Gail,

I think it depends on Jamie's functioning level.

For example: our public library has volunteers of differing abilities and strengths working there (shelving books, straightening up, etc). Our local SPCA also looks for volunteers to walk dogs (if this is something he can do/would enjoy)

Starting off as a volunteer can help Jamie to gain the confidence he needs to enter the workforce.

Our local Wal-MArts have employees of differing abilities. If he has challenges that will make it difficult to work on his own, it might be best for you to make the initial contact and find out if the company has a mentoring program so that Jamie can be buddied with somebody.

Good luck to Jamie and to you as you begin this new chapter!.

Sheila

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