National Autism Awareness Month in April aims to celebrate and promote acceptance for Autism which occurs in one in every 54 children as of 2020 in the United States as stated on the National Today website. First held in the year 1972 by the Autism Society, Autism Awareness Month emphasizes the need for public awareness to promote acceptance, celebrate the differences, and be more inclusive towards autistic individuals around us. Please see their website for more specific information https://nationaltoday.com/autism-awareness-month/
As an Employment and Training Center serving people with disabilities including those with Autism for more than a century, Ohio Valley Goodwill is pleased to have the opportunity to help promote acceptance and inclusion during Autism Awareness Month. Annually, Goodwill serves an average of 3000 people and helps more than 500 to obtain community employment.
In celebration of National Autism Awareness Month, Ohio Valley Goodwill is honored to share the personal story of empowerment of Timothy Hobbs who is just beginning his journey towards employment. He is working with a Goodwill Employment Specialist in Job Development which involves researching work opportunities; practicing interview skills, resume building as well as job shadowing at an employment site. We will look forward to being able to share Timothy’s video story of his employment journey very soon.
For more information about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Employment Services, please contact Mark Leugers, Manager at (513) 771-4800, ext. 6327.
Please join Goodwill in promoting acceptance and inclusion during the celebration of National Autism Awareness Month in April and during every day of the year. Our most sincere congratulations to Timothy Hobbs on his journey to personal achievement. We look forward to sharing his personal story soon.