Monday, August 30, 2010
First Day Of School , First Day Of Work
Today was the first day of school here for my youngest, Ian, who is a sophomore in high school....cue the music from the staples commercial, please. Households all over our county have parents rejoicing in glee! LOL! Only kidding! After 10 weeks off school, it's time to get back into a regular routine for our household. I use to love getting up early in the morning and getting a half day of work in before lunchtime. During the summer it takes me all day to get the same amount of work completed.
Today was Sean, my oldest, first day of work at his new job at the new Safeway grocery store in Towson. He's been searching for a job for almost 17 months. Sean's a courtesy clerk which means he helps bag, get carts, put back items, empty trash, clean windows. He seemed to enjoy his first day.
I am thankful that companies such as Safeway are progressive in their hiring practices and company views to hire people with disabilities. Sean is such a friendly guy and a hard worker and hopefully will be a good fit in the Safeway family. Sean has an employment agency that works with him. They have a very inclusive outlook which meshes quite nicely with our families.
His agency is paid for with ADA money that is earmarked for Sean's benefit, to help him find and keep employment. Guess I'll put in a plug for supporting funding for ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act). So please whenever the bill comes up for reauthorization, encourage your congressmen/women to back it. It really is a worthwhile bill. Ok, off my soap box, now.
Can you tell I'm a passionate advocate for my son? LOL! Anyway, the other picture is of Sean with one of his job coaches or community employment advocates. They work one on one with Sean until he is comfortable in his new job. They worked with him to help find this job, filling out applications and going on interviews with him. They also have worked with him on interviewing skills and any other work related skill that he may need.
Anyway, tomorrow I hope to get up early and get a good amount of work accomplished before noon. Until then...