Transitioning to Work
My disability had prevented me from working, but as it began to improve, I found myself bored, and my life lacked goals or direction. I was unsure about returning to work, so I participated in a transition-to-work program as a way to try work out again.
The Path to Success
When I was young, whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answers were always a writer, a teacher, and a trainer for horses in the circus. I wrote a lot of poetry because I felt that it would help me with all three of these careers.
Transition Is a Time to Think of All the Possibilities
A young man who is currently in his last year of high school is considering an after school job. He first realized this job’s potential while completing a work experience offered by the school.
Work Leads to New Friends and Success on the Job
Dave, a young man who has Asperger’s, has experienced both success and disappointment in various jobs. Work became stressful when communicating with coworkers became difficult. Having recently moved to the Chester area from Pittsburgh, Dave was determined to secure a new job.
My Differences Give Me Insight for my Job
The benefits of working for me have been a step by step process that has made me stronger to go out and work.
Taking Responsibility
Chris works for Tri-County Association for the Blind, where he became a supervisor and now works as a maintenance worker. Having a job means that he can be more independent. Not only can he provide for himself, but he has the satisfaction of knowing that he’s benefitting others as well.
The Pride of Having a Job
Peter will proudly tell you that he has worked for Swatara Township since 1994, and he will also happily mention that he has volunteered for National Night Out since 2008. He even received a plaque to commemorate five years of volunteer service with the event.
Exploring Interests Leads to Opportunities
After graduating from high school, Tameka attended a sheltered workshop with the goal of gaining work experience that would help her find a job in the community. Five years later, however, she was still at the workshop. Bored and unhappy, she wanted a real, competitive job.