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Hi, my brother has autism and mental retardation and was in special ed for all of his schooling. He's 29 now and it's really hard to find something for him to do during the day. His high school (Westview, 2001 grad) worked hard to help him be more independent and he was employed at a couple different places while in school but is not currently. We just found him a day program a couple days a week which he loves. He does participate in Special Olympics and has friends but it's pretty lonely a lot of the time. Even though he lives at home and work hard to engage him in everything we do it's hard for him to get his own life. He's a great person and social but jobs are hard to find. He does have difficulties with communication and social skills as well as transitions due to his disabilities. He does use a cell phone but is not able to ride the regular bus and only recently is able to reliably call and answer the phone. He's not the only one in his group of friends who isn't employed right now and many people are working for less than minimun wage. Frankly there just isn't much out there and families work really hard to make sure we give our family members the best possible support. We really want to make more options for people. Not everyone wants to work in a workshop type setting for less than minimum wage. So that's something we really want to work on. I'm in school for Occupational Therapy right now; my goal is to help reform transitions from both family and professional levels.
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