NotesFAQContact Us
Collection
Advanced
Search Tips
ERIC Number: EJ916363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Without Speaking, Youth Enters Adult Work Scene, Copes with Autism a Day at a Time
Murphy, Patti
Exceptional Parent, v40 n10 p19-21 Oct 2010
This article presents the story of Chad Roberts of Canton, Georgia, who is proving himself a promising employee day by day. He works several jobs in increments of up to 90 minutes. Some days, he completes bulk mailings at a law firm. On others, he's at local restaurants stocking the wait staff stations with supplies. The community-based vocational instruction is a huge step for Chad, 18, because he usually prefers life without change, interaction, waiting or commotion, workplace realities that people would probably rather avoid at times. But Chad is a trooper, whether the task at hand is running a postage machine (probably his favorite) or watering plants, which he practices in his horticulture class. His schedule also includes jobs in various offices, the lost-and-found and library at Cherokee High School, where he takes life skills classes and is on the team of students with cognitive challenges who run a coffee shop as he prepares to join the workforce in a few years. His goal is a steady job with more hours. By all accounts, Chad evidently likes working, though it's hard for him to say so. His autism leaves him virtually non-verbal and significantly affects the way he relates to the world. He has also struggled with bipolar disorder and pica, a condition commonly causing children with developmental disabilities to crave and eat inedible substances like leaves or paper, Chad's frequent choices.
EP Global Communications Inc. 551 Main Street, Johnstown, PA 15901. Tel: 877-372-7368; Fax: 814-361-3861; e-mail: EPAR@kable.com; Web site: http://www.eparent.com/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A