A young man in Australia struggled to find an employer who would hire someone with autism, so he started his own bin cleaning service to generate both meaningful work and a regular income for himself.
This Clay Needs No Moulding
17-year-old Clay Lewis had been looking for after-school work in the Wynnum Manly area of Brisbane, Australia, for nearly two years without success. It’s unfortunate that some people only see a disability rather than focus on ability. Clay’s parents, Fiona and Warren, learned not to put limitations on Clay because he always, without fail exceeds them. His mum knew what he could do and where he needed support. With this in mind, the family met with Fiona Moore, a consultant who helped brainstorm ideas and Clay’s Bin Cleaning was born.
TO EMPLOYERS OUT THERE:
Please consider trialing an autistic teen or adult. They have many wonderful attributes and strengths which are difficult to come across these days. They are loyal, rule-followers, methodical but out of the box thinkers. There are adaptive and accessible software, settings and apps available which I’m starting to learn about.
From Clay’s Mum Laura.
7 WAYS TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE
It is common to think that an inclusive model of behaviour has to do with others. Instead, it is important to start from ourselves and our own level of awareness, openness, and information on the subject. The more we work on ourselves, the easier it will be to be sensitive to others and the more natural operating in an inclusive way will be. But where to start? Here are seven simple strategies to become more aware about inclusivity in your daily life!