Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-23 15:29:29 –
Focus on people’s abilities, not disabilities. That is the message behind the Dan Marino Foundation.
“It’s difficult for children with autism. Many people see them and maybe they’re doing something different, and people don’t always accept it.” Said Susan Morantes.
Morantes has a son in the autism spectrum. Susan said Sean became today’s man thanks to the Dan Marino Foundation.
“When many didn’t know about autism, Sean was diagnosed with autism four years ago, so it was very difficult to find resources at that point. Luckily, my My husband was able to meet Dan. Dan and Claire were our mentors, “she said.
The Dan Marino Foundation has increased and reduced the unemployment rate for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities to over 80%. The Foundation focuses on creating opportunities that lead to employment and independence.
“In the beginning, that’s what he was learning and how to navigate employment scenarios. My son probably has the most challenges in social activities, so don’t tell people the wrong thing. Be careful not to do anything wrong. How to talk to people, how to interact with people, “Morantes said.
Offering students aged 14 to 21, the Vocational Rehabilitation Career Camp is a week-long program that supports resume writing, job hunting, career goal development, and leadership skills.
“Because we focus on self-advocacy, learn about Americans with Disabilities Act and how it affects their career choices or how they talk to their employers. We also talk about transportation, community navigation, etc. This is one of the biggest barriers students face when trying to find a job, “said the Danmarino Foundation Education Services. Lauren Ferguson, director, said.
Morantes said the Foundation’s VR career camp and other programs helped Sean’s independence.
“We’re trying to give people a variety of options as they move into adulthood at this VR career camp,” says Ferguson.
“He certainly became more self-assertive,” Morantes said.
Dan Marino Campus staff and students are required to wear masks.
Individuals interested in vocational rehabilitation career camps should go through a VR counselor. If you don’t know how to do that, you can contact the Dan Marino Foundation at 954-368-6000.
WSFL’s Melissa Marrero first reported this story.