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Seeking Opportunity for Work for Adult with Special Needs

05/11/2020 2:38 PM | Erin Bolyard

Hi, everyone!

I'm still a relatively new member, so please feel free to take down if this is the wrong place for this! :)

My name is Erin, and I am the Executive Director of a nonprofit center for children with autism. We are beginning the process for one of our students to transition to adulthood next year. She's an adorable little girl with CVI (cortical visual impairment), and we are beginning to seek out job opportunities for her. 

Her disability prohibits her from being considered for "competitive" employment, so her mom and I are trying to get creative!

Her mom just wants her to have purpose. She is currently doing unpaid vocational placements at a local coffee house and at our local United Way branch as part of her learning environment and is doing well. She can do simple tasks like shredding, sorting, counting, washing, etc. We know there are many things that would need to be set in place before a placement of any kind could happen from a logistical/legal perspective, but if anyone thinks there could be a possibility that their small business could facilitate a working environment for her, we'd love to open up a dialogue with you. Even if the placement is for just a few hours for one or two days a week, it's better than the options we're looking at right now! 

You can contact me anytime at ebolyard@footprints-ohio.com. Thank you so much for your time and consideration! 

PO Box 27

Chardon, Ohio 44024

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