“I’m a recent college graduate with an artistic soul. I started doing chainmaille my freshman year, and have been working on mastering the art for about half a decade now. I prefer to spend more time making fewer pieces, with the goal being perfection and artistic expression within those pieces. I do custom work as well, so please feel free to contact me with ideas.
Everything I create is handmade from start to finish. Not only to I weave the patterns, but I create the rings myself starting with raw wire. Recently, I even set up a studio so that I can anodize my own niobium. I never buy precut rings from a manufacturer. Taking charge of the entire process is certainly more time consuming, but also more rewarding, and gives me a greater deal of control over the finished product”
David also happens to have ADHD, a neurological and biological condition that presents with learning, attention, behavior, and social skills challenges. Despite the challenges, people with ADHD are highly creative. Creativity, I believe, is one of the compensatory strategies that persons with ADHD have.
For those of you who don’t know me, I work at an accounting firm. This is a very small business (two people and me). My boss and his wife are great people; they are kind and understanding employers.
Unfortunately, they have dealt with an extremely frightening situation that no person should have to deal with. I know that everything is not “okay,” but I hope that something good (however small it is) will result from this devastating news.
Why do horrible things strike good people?
READY, Willing, ABLE, Efficient, Determined, Motivated, & Reliable Persons With Neurological Disabilities
On Thursday, May 27, 2010, I graduated from the Cuyahoga East Vocational Educational Consortium (CEVEC).I was one of the four graduation speakers. I chose to be a graduation speaker because I want and need to significantly improve my verbal and public speaking skills. I like to challenge myself (with exceptions, of course) to do tasks that are difficult; this leads to personal growth and development.
During graduation, Mr. Robert Ross, the Principal of CEVEC called all the graduate’s names’ to receive their certificate of completion, and he also announced where each and every graduate will be working, volunteering, whether or not they had “perfect attendance,” and, if applicable, what college they will be attending.
Note: Mr. Ross forgot to mention that Katie Kagan is attending Cuyahoga Community College in the fall.
Since I enjoy “re-making” things, I am going to “re-make” Mr. Robert Ross’s (grammar?) “announcements.” Unlike Mr. Robert Ross, I am going to write (say) additional information. The following is an example [myself] of what I will write.
Katie Kagan is a paid employee at Light and Associates (an Accounting firm) and Kohl’s (a department store). She will be continuing her education at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in the Fall (undeclared Major). She is on the Autism Spectrum.
Sari Gonick is a paid employee at American Medical Computing (family owned medical billing company) and Hathway Brown School. She is on the Autism Spectrum.
Lauren Carson is searching for paid, competitive employment. She is on the Autism Spectrum.
Matt Young will be attending Notre Dame College in the Fall. He has ADHD.
These are some of the many CEVEC graduates of 2010 who are on the Autism Spectrum and one who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and are either paid employees, searching for paid, COMPETITIVE employment, and-or are or will be attending college.
Not all people on the Autism Spectrum receive equal opportunities. Some have NOT been fortunate. They are or will be working (and possibly getting paid) at various Adult Activity Centers (warehouses, FAKE employment).
I am just SO frustrated! Why is it OKAY to “shelter” – EXCLUDE, a person because their brain may work a little different? There is NO question that ALL persons on the Autism Spectrum can be productive in a COMPETITIVE environment. Why does a label of “Autism” get someone sent to a “prison” excluded from the community?
Not all persons with disabilities have attended or are currently enrolled in CEVEC, a school-based vocational program. Persons who do not receive vocational training can still be successful in the world. I would like to acknowledge an individual wiht a disability with no relation to CEVEC. David Light attends Akron State University. He will have a Bachelor Degree in Business Marketing. He has ADHD.
A person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) commented on my previous note. She requested clarification about how persons with Autism are provided and use govenment funded (from taxes) income. This note will be a response to her inquiry.
One of my favorite bloggers is “Chaoticidealism,” an autistic person who is majoring in Engineering. “Chaoticidealism” said, “SSI, for those of you who are lucky enough not to know about it, is the modern equivalent of throwing coins to beggars.” I completely agree.
As many of my blog posts state, I work at an Accounting firm, and my job is WONDERFUL! That means that during tax season, everyone in the office is extremely busy (and that is OKAY and great practice to working under pressure). This note is not about my job, though.
I do not support SSI (“disability income”) unless the autistic person cannot do ANY job in the community (Adult Activity Centers EXCLUDED).
There are currently many people living on the Autism Spectrum (1 in 110), and they are achieving more than ever thought possible (Ari Ne’eman, Temple Grandin, Alexander Cheezem, and others). As adults, many autistic people are living independently or semi-independently (with supports). Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders are volunteering and working in the community, graduating from high school with a diploma (NOT a “certificate of completion”), attending community and four-year educational programs (colleges and universities), getting married, and raising a family (if desired).
Besides the hard work of autistic people themselves, their success is due to the treatment options (therapy, medical, bio-medical, etc.), learning methods used, support, accommodations, encouragement, and the POWER of BELIEF of others by their family (close and distant), friends, teachers, and others. Self-determination is the guiding principle for many people on the Autism Spectrum.
Self-determination is the belief that autistic people should have as much control over their lives as possible. It is the belief that autistic people can be productive, tax-paying members of society as autistic people. That, of course, entails services such as: appropriate treatments, supports, accommodations, and other things. Persons, who advocate for self-determination, such as Ari Ne’eman, an autistic adult, want autistic people to be able to have Freedom, Authority, Support, and Responsibility.
Freedom: to decide where they want to live, who they want to live with, and how they want to spend their time.
Authority: to control their own money and decide how to budget their money.
Support: from the organizations or resources that they choose.
Responsibility: to spend their money in the best possible way for themselves and for their communities.
In Conclusion: Autistic persons deserve a chance for a FULL and REWARDING life. Although their challenges may differ widely, they are still human beings with value. Many (not all) people with Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and Autistic Disorder, have lots of abilities. They deserve a CHANCE to be recognized for their abilities in their communities like typical people.