Posts Categorized: Community Employment

  Adam Wesley/The Gazette Maggie Kollmorgen fills a box with cupcakes in July 2015, at the Scratch Cupcakery in Coralville, Iowa. Kollmorgen, who has Down syndrome, works two-hour shifts at the shop, which accommodated her disability during her training. Most accommodations for people with disabilities cost employers little or nothing. Small accommodations can go a…

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 Meet Rayanna. Rayanna is the definition of a ‘people person.’ Everywhere she goes, Rayanna smiles and talks to anyone and everyone.  People who know Rayanna say she is funny, personable, and has an uplifting spirit.  Rayanna’s primary interest is to find a job where she can help people. On top of that, Rayanna is a big animal lover and a…

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Cody Peterson and Jacob Flug are polar opposites when it comes to personality, however, what they share is being successful at their new jobs at the same job site! Kassey Daggett– Building Manager, of the South Hills Center, first approached us, last fall inquiring about filling a janitorial position a few nights a week in…

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Candid interview

Carly Fleischmann is nonverbal, but she’s become the voice of autism awareness. We posted about her on January 22 (Inspiring Individuals) and then referred to her again on January 29th (The Dancing Barista). This young woman, who uses a communication device, and gained notoriety when a video giving insight to how she processes the world…

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Movie Review

Front of the Class  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8veT5QspylE&w=420&h=315] This Hallmark Hall of Fame production is based on the 2005 book “Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had,” which Brad Cohen wrote with Lisa Wysocky. The book, well worth reading, gives insight into what it is like to live with Tourette’s….

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