e_moon60 (e_moon60) wrote,
e_moon60
e_moon60

Parental moment

Well, I can't hold off until the final word on this.  After 9 frustrating months, M-'s social worker and various bureaucracies came up with a job possibility for him, and yesterday he had his first interview with the manager of a pizza parlor (part of a chain)  for a job as busboy.  Tonight he goes in for an hour and a half, to see if he can handle the crowded conditions and noise, and stay focused.   If he can, he starts work Monday, a 2 pm through closing shift, which means effectively until 9:45 to 10 pm.  He will have a job coach, at least for the beginning days...don't know how long. 

The job doesn't pay much, of course, and though he'll actually have to be there 8 hours (or almost) it only counts as six because of the break times, but he can eat for free.  He hates cheese, but they will make him a cheese-less pizza and they also have salads, soup, and pasta, all of which he likes. 

If this works, he'll be working five afternoons/nights a week.  It's in a town 20 miles away, and if he really gets along well, we'll find him a place to live nearby.  (That town has no mass transit either...)   I'm sure we'll have to subsidize that, whereas here it costs us nothing (since he's paying his own utilities out of his disability payments.)    But it's such a huge, important step.

I hope he at least gets the chance to try it out.   It would be a very unusual job for an autistic man--the noise, the crowding, the smells, etc.,-- but if he can do it, and do it without undue strain, it may open possibilities for other autistic persons who are as gregarious as he is and have also learned to handle sensory stimuli that others can't.   And in the long run, success at one job makes him more attractive to other employers, who might then be willing to try him out at something that pays more. 

But it all depends on tonight.  Wish him luck. 
Tags: autism, employment
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