I know that there are a lot of people who do not have jobs. Good jobs are very hard to find.
When you have been labeled with a challenge getting a job can be even more hectic. I am very happy that there are organizations out their, that help people with all types of challenges get jobs, that are suitable for them to have.
In our case, Robert and I had jobs doing paper routes for a while. One of the best things we did, was bring Sarah with us. We didn’t know it at the time, but we were teaching her a trade. Sure it took a lot of time to help her, but when we were all done she really felt like she accomplished something.
We as parents can set a course for our children whether they have challenges or not. I believe in setting children up to succeed in anything they choose to do. Giving your child a good work ethic is critical to their independence.
Sarah has three-part time jobs and one of them is a paper route. Her staff goes with her and they were amazed that she already knew how to do her paper route.
Don’t underestimate your role as a parent and don’t underestimate your child. Sarah was diagnosed with Autism, Low Muscle Tone, Sensory Disorders and later Tourette’s, Bi-Polar, schizophrenia with psychotic Episodes. I think that if we had not taught her early on about the importance of a good work ethic and to be as independent as possible, she would be an adult with challenges and no jobs.
Give your child any task to do at any level they are at and watch them grow from that. Find their strengths and build from there.
It takes constant patience and work, but the end result is very rewarding. I know that if I as Sarah’s mother could go through what we had to go through to get Sarah on the path she is on, Then anybody can. It is important to be your child’s voice until they can have their own voice.
- Wanted: autistic programmers and software testers (smartplanet.com)
- Tech Company Looking To Fill Open Jobs With Adults With Autism (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)