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Goodwill Tulsa Spring Newsletter 2019

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RECOGNIZING THE POTENTIAL WITHIN Dock Humphrey has always struggled with the everyday things that others might take for granted. He had a particularly tough time in high school with basic social interaction -- using body language and appropriate non-verbal communication, or speaking his mind and responding to questions in a timely manner. These seemingly simple, commonplace tasks can be challenging to master for an individual on the Autism Spectrum. Dock's brain works in a way that takes more time to process information. People often label him as indifferent and uninformed, even though he is extremely intelligent and finds enjoyment in life. After Dock graduated from Town and Country High School, he wanted to find a job. Recognizing his unique challenges, he was referred to Goodwill Industries of Tulsa's Supported Employment program. Dock worked with his Goodwill Employment Consultant practicing his facial expressions, learning to express himself, and preparing how to answer interview questions, all with the hope of finding the right employer who could recognize Dock's potential. Dock's effort and persistence paid off when Walmart hired him as a mainte- nance worker in December 2017. Dock started out with only a few tasks, but he now performs all of the required job duties, working 30 hours a week independently, no longer needing an on-site Employment Consultant. Dock's progress has been noticed: His good work ethic and habits earned him a nomina- tion for a statewide employment award. Dock received a Community Employment Award from the Oklahoma Association of People Sup- porting Employment First. This award recognizes individuals with disabilities that have been working in the community for at least six months and have become independent on the job. "It came unexpected," Dock said about the award. "It was an unexpected reward, just for going to work." Dock is proud of his accomplishments. He really likes his job, which he says makes him feel like a part of the community. He also has a much stronger sense of independence, now being able to do things such as driving and helping to pay his household's bills. Dock's experience in Goodwill's Supported Employment Program brought him life-changing results. SPRING 2019 Our mission is to provide work opportunities, job training and support services for people with disabilities or other employment barriers. GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF TULSA SPRING 2019 THE NEWS LETTER

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