Here are some current jobs we have had success with.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
The Chinese Garden is stunningly beautiful. It's a formal garden tucked in downtown Portland. The amount of woodwork is astounding and a wonderful place for webs, dust and critters. This job was the most nerve wracking for me in the beginning. Alex can be very jumpy and kinetic. The garden is beautiful but fragile. Things have worked out and we have learned a lot.
Portland Police Department Break Room
It's a small job, but were excited to have it and see where it may lead. About 5 years ago I started to worry about how our kids look to others as they become adults. Quirky 5 year old looks cute to most, Alex at 17 and 170 pounds it can be a different story. Portland Police officers gets a chance to see what Autism looks like up close, I'm motivated to see where this partnership leads.
North East Emergency Food
The North East Emergency Food store is located inside Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in NE Portland. I love this job for the variety of tasks. Each time Alex goes there is something new to do. I think Alex appreciates the fact that each shift is slightly different.
I included this because it shows how I try to program. Watching this video your might think, 'don't use your hands, step on the box' or 'your folding that wrong'. We obsess on goals that lead to independence. We stay out of the way for as long as possible so that Alex can navigate the task. I love that he keeps trying, stays calm, and figures out how to finish the job.