Fay vocational training for disabled just plain sucks
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    RANTS that regional job developers, through vocational rehabilitation services for the disabled, are unable after
    two months to locate a single Fayette County business or non-profit willing to allow a high functioning young man
    with Autism a location for a mere 20-hour vocational assessment to determine if he's trainable and employable.

    RANTS that one non-profit agency, first mentioned two months ago as a stand-by possibility -- yet noted by the
    vocational counselor as being not necessarily a good fit or location to test the young man's strengths --
    disappointingly, remains the sole option two months into a search.

    RANTS to having eight other carrots or more appropriate possible locations dangled in front of him, only to
    disappear shortly after mention, with no other options left on the table.




    The lack of private and government Fay business offices willing to help regional vocational training services for
    the disabled is a pity.

    RANTS that so much public money is spent on regional vocational training, when not even one appropriate Fay
    office site can be found after two months, by public funded employees cold call calling tens of contacts instead of
    making one or three calls to what should already be a well-connected network list of sources from which to pick.



    It really shouldn't be so difficult to locate a location for a 20-hour vocational assessment for a young man with
    Autism who participated in high school JROTC and served for nine months as an intern for a school district
    athletic director. He entered WPIAL data for records keeping, helped coaches prepare fields for play and
    coordinate year-round sports team equipment. He also served as the senior high baseball team equipment
    manager.

      

    Young adults with Autism shouldn't have to prove they're disabled when doctors won't sign off on a medical
    release to drive and military recruiters won't even schedule to discuss possible enlistment because, well, he's
    disabled by their medical standards.

    Young adults with Autism shouldn't have to develop mental health symptoms or chemical addictions to be
    considered disabled to qualify for more appropriate services to help them get their driver's license or receive
    vocational training.



    They were born with a permanent disability and are already enough painfully aware of it.


    jt
    3 Nov 18


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