Goodwill Spring Newsletter 2018

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People Working. Lives Improved. SPRING 2018 I N D U S T R I E S O F T U L S A ver time we have learned that every person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is affected differently. Some may be over or under sensitive to different sensory issues, some may have difficulty maintaining focus, and others may have a difficult time understanding that people have a different perspective and experience the world differently than themselves. Many of the individuals that we at Goodwill Industries of Tulsa have served have shared the characteristic of not understanding social interaction and unwritten rules of behavior. Craig "CJ" Bush had a difficult time maintaining focus and following the direction of conversations. He would often respond with something off topic that he was thinking. He was not aware of things that were happening around him as he was focused on his inner experience and thoughts. He also did not understand social cues and the hidden curriculum that most of us learned at an early age. He was a senior at Jenks High School and his teachers thought that a specialized class at Goodwill, which helps to prepare high school students and recent graduates on the Autism Spectrum for the workplace, would be very beneficial for him. CJ was referred to Goodwill's ASD Transition Work Adjustment Training class by his vocational rehabilitation counselor with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. The class taught CJ how to focus and become more aware of what was happening around him. It also assisted him with learning the unwritten rules of a conversation O that many of us take for granted. While in training at Goodwill, CJ had the opportunity to job shadow at several businesses in the Tulsa area and also received paid work experience at Goodwill's retail stores. After he graduated from high school, CJ chose Goodwill Tulsa's Supported Employment program for assistance with finding a job. He was assigned an employment consultant who assisted with every aspect of a job search including interview preparation. The employment consultant helped identify jobs that matched CJ's interests and skill set. CJ expressed an interest in working in a retail environment, so the employment consultant scheduled an interview for him at a Walmart store for a cart attendant position. On September 26, 2016 he was hired. CJ has overcome challenges associated with being on the Autism Spectrum to become successful in his first job. He is a very dependable employee that demonstrates a good work ethic. Because of his training at Goodwill he stays focused on his job and takes on whatever tasks he is assigned by his supervisors. CJ needed the Goodwill employment consultant to help him learn the employer's expectations, job duties, and to help him learn the social expectations of the job. CJ's employment consultant helped him navigate common workplace rules that were not obvious to him and to implement many of the strategies that he learned in the Goodwill's ASD Transition Continued on page 2 Craig J. (CJ) Bush F ASD SUCCESS STORY F

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