On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, I was making the 90 minute drive from Felicity, OH, to the Dayton Metro Public Library. I was on my way to an audition for this year’s TEDxDayton event, coming in October. (I’ll let you know if I made it or not.)
On my way, I was listening to “Here & Now” on WVXU, 91.7FM, from Cincinnati. The show included this feature on finding meaningful work for young adults with Autism. I found it very fitting, since my proposed TEDx talk is about lessons I have learned from my daughter, Amelia, who was diagnosed with Autism just before her 3rd birthday.
The archived audio version is below. I remain very hopeful that by the time my daughter is ready to graduate high school that there will be more options for her to be a contributing member of the workforce than a sheltered workshop. That possibility has more to do with the system understanding her strengths than her fitting into the system we have created.