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Irene's Story: 'It Is Good to Be Paid Well and Respected'

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Like many young adults with autism, Irene was struggling to find her way in the world.

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JL A (281)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 10:13 am
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"Like many young adults, Irene was struggling to find her way in the world. She yearned to be more independent, connect with others and find a satisfying job.

“I didn’t feel like I was going anywhere,” says Irene, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder. “I didn’t feel like I was so important.”

Irene turned to Easter Seals for guidance with defining her employment goals, developing her skills and searching for a job that suited her interests and abilities. Her persistence paid off when she was offered a position as an accounting clerk with a company that provides mobility products, wheelchair accessible vans and services for people with disabilities.

Now with renewed confidence, Irene is thriving in countless ways. Watch her movie and learn more about Easter Seals Workforce Development Services."

Kit B (276)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:07 am

I'm glad that Easter Seals was able to help her find a job. Even more encouraging is that Irene feels good about herself and her ability to contribute to society. Disable folks has so much to contribute that is rarely given an opportunity in this very judgmental society.

I don't feel great that so much of the money given to Easter Seals goes the line the pocket of the top executive. People once gave their time after retirement or as a part-time charity contribution, top help run our charity organizations.

James E. Williams, Jr., President/CEO Easter Seals -- $796,501

Kit B (276)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:08 am

***grrr....have not has so much to contribute....

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:23 am
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I share that concern with this and other nonprofits that do good work and educational awareness campaigns...but those salaries seem so inappropriate.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 12:18 pm
One shiining example there, she met the right people, good on them and on her.

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 12:24 pm
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. (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 12:52 pm
Not being a fan of Easter Seals, they came through for this woman 100%. Great story-thanks

Terry V (30)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 3:16 pm
The story of..................

Temple Grandin

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 3:18 pm
Thanks Terry for posting the link to learn about another woman who is succeeding who was diagnosed with autism

Judith Hand (55)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:02 pm
Noted. Super!

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:38 pm
Thank you, JL for this one.

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:45 pm
You are welcome Zee

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:18 pm
Yes, it is, and should be for all.

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:20 pm
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Shaheen N (64)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 12:13 am
Thanks for sharing JL.

JL A (281)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 7:17 am
You are welcome Shaheen.

Patricia H. (440)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 10:52 am
I agree with Kit B.

Lane Yoshiyama (1)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:22 pm
Great post! Thanks for sharing.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 4:23 pm
Thank you.

JL A (281)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 5:19 pm
You are welcome Lane and Birgit.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:29 pm
Thanks JL. I'm glad she got the help she needed which in turn helped her find an opportunity to shine and be happy. I wish Irene all the best!

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Thursday June 27, 2013, 12:34 am

Jerry B (128)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 10:00 am
Noted I also say excellent, glad for this girl..thanks JL.

Ravenna C (20)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 7:15 pm
What an inspirational young woman. I think it was great the she found help with Easter Seals but someone with her attitude was going to find a way to be successful no matter what. She chose to have a happier life and wanted to better herself. Good for her! She set goals for herself and then set about achieving them. Atta Girl! In my opinion, she is a good role model for any young person whether they have autism or not.

reft h (66)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 11:10 pm
All it takes is someone willing to give her a chance. A win-win all around.

Phyllis P (237)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:46 am
I am happy for her!!! BUT....the only non profit organization that gives back to the cause almost 100% is the Salvation Army. The United Way is a joke, so is Goodwill and the organizations collecting for the vets are too. I only give to the Salvation Army and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The money goes to the cause, not peoples pockets. Any way.....Good for this young lady.

Sharon W. (4)
Friday June 28, 2013, 4:56 pm
@Phyllis: Yeah, and the Salvation army is absolutely homophobe and is christian and make sure to encourage christianity (meaning: sometimes refuse to help atheists). This is not cool.

Gloria Morotti (14)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 2:47 am
There but for the grace of God.....................This woman is to be admired for her persistence and perseverance.

Winnie A (179)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 6:44 am
So glad for her and that Easter Seals was able to help. Having said that any executive who works for any non-profit should NOT be getting huge salaries. I worked for a nonprofit once and it was crazy the amount of money these people made. That's not right.

JL A (281)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 6:51 am
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Melania Padilla (122)
Friday July 5, 2013, 3:33 pm

JL A (281)
Friday July 5, 2013, 3:43 pm
You are welcome Melania
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