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ERIC Number: EJ922007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Roses for Autism
Tomaino, Robert
Exceptional Parent, v41 n4 p32-33 Apr 2011
This article discusses Roses for Autism, a program that provides training, guidance and employment opportunities for older students and adults on the autistic spectrum. Roses for Autism tackles one of the biggest challenges currently facing the autism community--a disproportionally high unemployment rate that hovers around 88 percent. Although a rose farm, complete with greenhouses, a sorting machine, varied tools, freezers and plentiful amounts of noise and dirt, may not initially appear as the most likely place for a vocational training program, Roses for Autism enables participants to engage in numerous facets of business including marketing, shipping, inventory management, data entry, website maintenance, receiving and fulfilling orders and customer service. Additionally, participants learn how to grow, prune, cut, package and preserve roses. They also learn how to grade rosebuds and to create colorful bouquets and arrangements for weddings, parties and corporate events. The work builds confidence, teaches critical decision making skills and fosters the ability to improvise and adjust to unexpected situations. The job requires learning how to maintain the balance between keeping quality roses versus producing enough roses to sell and be profitable. Beyond teaching technical workplace skills, Roses for Autism can dramatically improve a person's social skills. The program is designed to encourage teamwork and interaction stressing the importance of cooperating with coworkers and supervisors in a business setting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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