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Some companies out there are truly dedicated to making a difference in the special needs community. Each month, Special Needs Essentials partners with a non-profit whose efforts resonate with their own mission: enhance the quality of life for people with special needs, their families, and the professionals caring for them. They promote the heck out of them and donate a portion of all sales made through the website! To contribute to this project, just make a purchase through the website and a portion of your total will automatically be donated. It is that simple!

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In June 2015, the selected organization is Learning on the Log, a non-profit organization offering sensory-based, social skills programs for children with developmental and sensory issues since 2001. These programs include pre-school, after-school, weekend activities, summer camps and birthday parties accessible to children of all abilities. By providing a safe and nurturing environment to all children, they help them overcome their own limits and increase their self-esteem. For special needs kids too, summer is coming!

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To apply for a partnership, contact Deborah at dgrauzam@specialneedsessentials.com

Although a large spectrum of support exists for children with special needs, the offers tend to slim down for young adults and grown-ups. Unfortunately, many young adults are intimidated by the apparent closing of employment opportunities because of their condition. Some end up staying with their parents, unsure of how to move on after a successful education.

  1. Special businesses

Special Kneads and Treats - Special Needs EssentialFortunately, exceptional initiatives exist. Some businesses out there are truly dedicated to integrating persons with special needs in the workplace and in the society in general, such as Special Kneads and Treats bakery in Lawrenceville, GA, or the car wash Rising Tide in Florida. See our Facebook page for more related posts. Far from doing charity, those companies capitalize on the special skills of their employees, such as the need for repetitive tasks that makes autistic people excel in a car wash. At the bakery, employees with special needs are paired with other employees, so that they complete each other: as the person with special needs benefits from a comprehensive life skills training, the other learns from a unique mindset. More than a paycheck, those businesses offer a complete integration program. Don’t miss these opportunities!

  1. Other businesses

Initiatives are also taken more and more often in the rest of the workplace to integrate persons with special needs, as the law and mentalities change. Small businesses may be more welcoming, allowing workers to integrate in a human-scale team with little pressure for immediate results. They can teach basic professional skills to a young adult with special needs, such as punctuality, customer service and respect of the hierarchy, as well as skills related to the job.

  1. Now in practice!

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Now, in practice, how do you proceed to help a young adult with special needs find a job? Stay aware of any exceptional initiatives taken in your area, through your favorite local media and support groups. Go to a job counselor, who may not be specialized in special needs employment, but will have a global view of the job market in your area and will give the right direction to your search. Most importantly, keep your child motivated to work hard for this project and not be discouraged by negative answers. Good luck!!!

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