Welcome to the YES! Center Success Stories Series!
Success stories are an important way of demonstrating what’s possible. They speak to people in ways that are much more immediate than research, reports or statistics. Success stories is a series of ever-growing posts on the YES! Center blog. We are regularly posting new success stories, so check back often.
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Asha is a Self-Advocate
“I feel the job interview process may be a barrier because I’m not neurotypical and may not pick up on certain social cues. But [seeing this as a weakness] would
My name is Josh, and I am 25 years old. I graduated from the Life Design program in the Jordan School district in West Jordan, Utah. I graduated in 2019
My name is Salim Alexander and I am 17 years old. I live in Hawaii and go to school at James Campbell High School. My school experience is going very
Preparing for employment through community engagement
My name is Grayson and I am a 16 year old autistic self-advocate in Lexington, Kentucky. I am a junior in high school, and my district has been in remote
Alex’s Employment Challenges
“I never let my disability affect how I live life. My family supported my decision to go to college, get a driver’s license and drive with an adaptive van. I’m
My name is Marvin and I am 21 years old. I graduated from high school in June of 2020. When I was in high school, I had many work experiences
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
YES! Center Stories in Employment: Alexa
My name is Alexa and I am 24 years old. I left my public school when I was 22 years old. When I was young my mom and dad always had me
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
Katie’s Hurdles and Accomplishments
“People will always tell you, ‘You can’t do it.’ I learned that the hard way, but if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. I want my
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
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