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Blue-J has shifted my thinking from a political to an economic orientation
“Blue-J has shifted my thinking from a political to an economic orientation.”- Joseph
Joseph is blind to body language and facial expressions. This is a problem because Joseph graduated college with honors recently and can focus on subjects to a degree that he can become obsessed with them if he needs to. Working for Blue-J helped Joseph develop stronger practical reasoning. He is also more willing to pursue opportunities than he was in the past because he is less intimidated by doing new things. In addition to honing his cleaning skills, Joseph has also developed stronger communication skills. Joseph’s favorite aspect of working for Blue-J are the relationships which he has cultivated with his team-mates and management. He also likes earning money. “I was seeking employment throughout the recession and its aftermath, so I thought that the solutions to many of America’s problems were political as opposed to economic. Blue-J shifted my thinking to a more economic orientation where before I was very political.” Joseph states that working for Blue-J has helped ‘purify’ him and that now his goals are more achievement than consumption oriented.
“I always felt like I wanted to be left alone but then I did not.”-Lara
When Lara came to us, she primarily faced challenges related to social skills and indecisiveness. She states that living with Autism is like having thoughts go through your mind over and over again at random times. When she was asked for more details about her thinking, she stated, “I always felt like I wanted to be left alone but then I did not. It can be pretty confusing.” Lara states that blue-J has empowered her to focus more on things she is doing. She is also less shy, more articulate and can lift heavier things. Her favorite part of the job is the friends that she has made by working on small teams. She also likes the fact that she can pace herself in the work. Above all, she states that Blue-J has changed her by making her less shy.
I always felt like I wanted to be left alone but then I did not.
I am able to be more responsible because I have a job to take seriously.
“I am able to be more responsible because I have a job to take seriously.” -Marcus
When asked what life with an autism spectrum condition was like for him, Marcus replied simply that it was a challenge. However, much like Michael, Marcus best overcame this challenge through one-on-one support and like Lara he shined most in small groups. Blue-J plays to both of these attributes which many on the spectrum possess because the work is performed in small teams and the management has an unwavering commitment to working with each employee individually until they reach their full potential. As a result of working for Blue-J, Marcus can perform more complex tasks. The aspect of the job which Marcus likes the most is his co-workers. When asked how this job has changed him, Marcus replied “I am able to be more responsible because I have a job to take seriously.”
“School can be tough but with the right teachers it can be done.”- Michael
When asked what living with an autism spectrum condition is like, Michael states that many people need medication for conditions which occur with autism such as ADHD or generalized anxiety disorder. “School can be tough but with the right teachers it can be done.” stated Michael when we asked him for more details about how the condition impacts him specifically. Luckily for Michael, at Blue-J we know that although work is tough sometimes, with an understanding management team anyone can be a quality employee. Since working for Blue-J, Michael has developed the ability to follow instructions, communicate better with others and be more aware of his surroundings. What he enjoys most about Blue-J is working with others and making his own money. Blue-J has also given Michael a better attitude and helped him lose weight.
School can be tough but with the right teachers it can be done.