I have two adult children. My youngest child is in her mid-twenties. She is independent and has a job that she loves. She prides herself in making a positive contribution to her community. I also have a 30-year-old son, and he wishes he had the opportunity to do those same types of things, but he doesn’t.
Let me explain. My son is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He also has an intellectual disability, which means that he will need some sort of support for the rest of his life. He can do some tasks independently. With other things, he will need some assistance. We have spent the time since he was 16 years old up until now; he’s 30 now, trying to find viable employment for him, something that he would enjoy doing every single day of his life.
He went to a training center, a vocational school when he was in high school. There, he learned how to not just bag groceries, but he learned how to stock, how to do merchandising, and how to use the price gun in order to work in a grocery store. He also learned how to work in a retail setting, selling goods, just in case he wanted to work in a place like a gas station, or a convenience store. He also had the opportunity to work in a housekeeping, janitorial situation. Being able to tear down a hotel room, and to put it back together again. That’s fine. Those seem to be the opportunities that are available to someone when you say,” I have someone who’s looking for employment; they have autism, and they have an intellectual disability.”
If you were to sit down and ask my son, take an inventory of the skills that he uses every day in his personal life, you would be able to see how they translate in a professional capacity. However, no one knows that, but me. Why is that? Because no one has given him a chance. No one has given him an opportunity to showcase his skills because he’s unable to make it through a traditional interview. He’s unable to complete a traditional job application. Because he does not fit the standard of what an employee should be able to do, he’s not qualified.
To me, that is unfortunate. So I created my company, RayneMore, to give my son other individuals who may be neurodiverse (ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism) an opportunity to find meaningful employment that they will enjoy, not just jobs that other people think they should have.
We hire, train and support neurodiverse individuals.
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