Alexa’s Mom Shares Her Perspective on Alexa’s Journey to Employment
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Alexa’s Mom Shares Her Perspective on Alexa’s Journey to Employment

A Mother’s thoughts on A Daughter’s Employment Journey My name is Dianne and I am the mother of a wonderful 24 year-old named Alexa. We always had high expectations for Alexa’s employment future, but there were many challenges to navigate. I would like to share Alexa’s story of employment with other parents. School Inclusion  Alexa…

Devon’s Story of Employment – “I love my job!”
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Devon’s Story of Employment – “I love my job!”

I love my job.  I started working at Universal Cells (UCells), an Astellas Pharma company located in Seattle, Washington, in February 2018 as an Office Lab Assistant.  There have been lots of ups and downs with growing pains as the company has expanded. The changes with the COVID restrictions have been challenging. UCells is a…

Zachary Miller’s Experience Finding a Job During the Pandemic
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Zachary Miller’s Experience Finding a Job During the Pandemic

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, CalTASH chapter Vice President Zachary Miller was in his third year working part of the day in the California State House and part in the Capitol cafeteria. Zachary had worked with the California State Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (DDSO) for placement and job coaching in the position. On March 17th,…

Meet Kirstin and Learn About Her First Community-Based Job Experience
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Meet Kirstin and Learn About Her First Community-Based Job Experience

Kirstin Bradach enjoys the color pink, laughing, making food, and taking photos of her creations. Until last summer, Kirstin worked her entire adult life for Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette (GICW) in Portland, OR. GICW is transforming its services to entirely community-based, and is focusing on finding integrated, community jobs for its clients.  …

Utah’s School to Work Program Hosts Successful Community of Practice
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Utah’s School to Work Program Hosts Successful Community of Practice

Last week, the YES! Center staff attended a Community of Practice, hosted by our Utah PIE state partners. The YES! Center staff kicked off the day with a welcome and quick exercise. Attendees were asked to describe a positive strength or quality that they have that they would want an employer or educator to know about…

Meet Kevin, a Future Mentor and Motivational Speaker!
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Meet Kevin, a Future Mentor and Motivational Speaker!

Kevin Wright is a 24-year old native Washingtonian with a Learning Disability and a Speech Impairment. Kevin does not consider them barriers; instead, he considers his quiet nature to be his only barrier. He attended two different schools for his kindergarten to high school years. He attended Accotink Academy in Springfield, VA from kindergarten to…