We have a young adult son that is severally disabled, he has Autism and has challenges that would cripple a strong man. Yet I have watched him work through those challenges and succeed. I look at Angelo and although he has limited speech and challenges that prevent him from independence with supports he achieves the unexpected.
He is currently working for a few hours in my office and a few other insurance agencies in the area scanning documents and he is completing data entry at Residency Select in Eatontown.
The Video below was part of a 40 year anniversary for the founder of Angelo’s school – it shows the success our individuals can achieve.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4USVn2lYWvA?list=UU0d4XEDmWcDsKzfFhUVsvnA&wmode=transparent]
The reason for this post is that as business owners, be open to individuals with challenges. Even with small accommodations you will be very pleases with the out come. Individuals like my son just need the opportunities and they not only succeed they excel, they enjoy work and look forward to it. To most its the highlight of the day. Self worth is necessary for all of us especially to those with such little opportunities.
Keep an open mind and if the opportunity arises to connect with a challenged individual – try it you will be very glad you did not only for that individual but for you.