Education is the Key to Success
by Nicole Rand on Monday, February 26, 2018
After three years of working in the chemical room at a manufacturing company, Kevin didn’t feel like a true member of the team.
He could tell he was not being held to the same expectations as every other employees.
When EPI’s Employment Services was invited in, we offered an inclusion and diversity training to Kevin’s coworkers.
We provided education on Autism, specifically, what it means, what to expect, and most importantly, how to appropriately interact.
Next, we worked with Kevin to come up with a plan for success. With the end goal of Kevin working without a job coach at all times.
Kevin’s coworkers quickly realized how important it is to treat Kevin just like any other employee.
His coworkers began to communicate directly with Kevin about his work instead of going through his job coach.
His job coach began to assist in smaller ways and eventually started to fade out of his routine duties more and more.
Kevin is now completing his fourth year and has built relationships with his supervisor and a number of his coworkers.
He is happy where he is and feels like the job is his to be proud of.