- Longtime downtown Cape bartender Marcellus Jones remembered by friends (6/12/18)2
- Peter Kinder resigns federal agency post, concludes position unnecessary and waste of tax dollars (6/16/18)2
- Stormy Daniels to visit East Cape Girardeau (6/13/18)20
- Singer Neal Boyd dies after struggle with health issues (6/12/18)1
- Feeding deer in Bollinger, Cape and Perry counties prohibited soon to help curb spread of CWD (6/13/18)7
- Cape man charged with stabbing, killing dog for revenge (6/8/18)9
- Couple charged in beating death at Brick's (6/13/18)
- A community rallies behind Honorable Young Men's Club (6/16/18)
- New Zaxby's restaurant open in Cape (6/13/18)3
- New urban dance studio opens on Broadway (6/15/18)2
Employment makes world a difference to those with autism
Parents of children with autism or other disorders, see up close the challenges those children face.
It's a 24/7 commitment, and the parents immerse themselves into helping them through every step.
Watching a child struggle to learn basic things is heartbreaking for parents, but the moments of achievement are magnified when the lightbulb goes on, when that child meets and exceeds the challenge set before them. The moments when a child overcomes his disorder and learns another step toward meeting societal norms, those are moments worth celebrating.
As those children grow up, parents' fears and worries build as the children approach adulthood. And when businesses and workplaces open their doors for people with autism or other disorders, it makes a world of difference in the lives of those families.
Recently, the Southeast Missourian profiled Jackson's school district, which employs two individuals with autism in custodial roles at the district. Custodian supervisor Jefferson Fox said they're among his best employees.
Fox sees the value that these employees bring. They're dependable and task-driven, and he has learned that it's important for them to stick to plans. Communication with those with disorders is always a work in progress, and Fox has taken the time to understand how communication is most effective with these two individuals.
We're happy to see the district reaching out and embracing these individuals. The ability to earn a living is essential in gaining independence. These jobs and opportunities mean the world to these individuals and their families. We offer a special thank you to all those businesses who work with people just outside the norms.