For people who are on the Autism spectrum, the question of independent living is always on the mind of their loved ones, and perhaps even they themselves. Contrary to some misguided beliefs, people suffering from Autism can feel and understand feelings and emotions but are just not as good at expressing them. Who knows, they could be the geniuses, more simplistic and more happy than most people will really be. A story published on Reader’s Digest showed us that even with Autism, people can still live fruitfully.
Tale of a teenage doorman who is on the Autism spectrum
Today, we hear from a mother, who has a son named Gus. Gus is now 16, but when the idea of being a doorman struck him at age 11, he “worked” every night for as long as the door man would let him. Gus’s mother recounted that it was strange at first for a kid who would put on a door man’s clothes, and sit at the front desk of the New York City building. Pretty soon, almost all the residents knew him, and he knew everyone, even the food delivery people.
The word “job” terrifies many people, but is extremely worrisome for people suffering from incurable diseases and chronic conditions, such as Autism
So much of a person’s waking time is spent working. A job holds significant meaning for us all, with or without diseases. It is a meaning for a place on the world, or so many people have been led to believe. I read the story on Reader’s Digest and almost dropped a tear at the end… The fact remains that many people on the Autism spectrum might never find meaningful jobs to sustain themselves independently.
Gus was fired at the age of 14
As parents of people suffering from Autism, do we feel that people have to accommodate people with special needs? Will the world always see them in a compassionate manner? After three years of working, Gus was fired, probably because some people could not stand him being overly intrusive. A proverb flashed through my mind at this exact moment: “you can’t make everyone in the world like you”. The fear is real, and we have to do something right now! Each passing day is one too many for people suffering and self doubting themselves.
Thinking about this, I added one new vision to CuraHOPE, and that is to become the universal platform for people with special needs to find meaningful jobs. Efforts of the many will change this world!
If you have a job, a request, a simple task and want to help someone in the community, provide jobs and training, let me know, I will set up the framework. After all, that is what I did while I was working with global companies, entrepreneurs, and clients. Together, we can make the world a better place, and live more meaningful lives.