Almost everyone has been put through the stress of having to build IKEA furniture and hates it. This is not the case for 25-year-old Brad, who lives in Edmonton, Canada, with autism. He is unable to read or speak but he can understand even the most confusing diagrams and blue prints.
Brad’s father, Mark Fremmerlid, decided to turn his son’s skills into a business called Made By Brad. For only a low price of $10 to $20, Brad makes a house call and builds your furniture for you. For Brad and Mark it isn’t about the money. “We just want him to have something meaningful to do” says Mark.
Brad’s story is not just encouraging to those with autism but should speak to employers as well. Employers should be focusing on the strengths individuals have and how they can create an opportunity to contribute to a job.
ICare4Autism understands the challenges that people with autism are faced with trying to enter the workforce. One of our solutions to this challenge is the Global Autism Workforce Initiative, the world’s first global comprehensive autism workforce development initiative. Another solution is the Project Autism WORKS, which is a new Workforce program working to enhance the lives of those young adults affected by autism and their families. This project will work with the business community to create workforce ready youth ages 18 and up, diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Along with these efforts ICare4Autism holds conferences to create awareness of these initiatives and projects. ICare4Autism conference 2014 will be held July 2nd to the 3rd. For a list of attending speakers please click here.
For more information on Autism, please follow the link here: http://blog.hear-our-voices.org/category/autism/