My Beautiful Autistic Daughter has been trying with all of her might to find a job for the three years since she graduated from high school. She only wanted a part time job, nothing fancy or career oriented, just something that would give her a little pocket money and a sense of accomplishment as she attempted to work through some courses at the local Community College.
She has had so many disappointments in the past two three years, I can't tell you. One store here in town wouldn't consider her for a stock person job because she might have to talk to shoppers and they were afraid she wouldn't be able to do that. In all the times I have shopped there I have never had a stock person talk to me, (and when she worked for a short time at the IU bookstore as stock help she was wonderful about helping students find the books they needed, so what joke that the other place wouldn't give her a chance). Most of the other places took one look at the way she paces and doesn't make eye contact and wouldn't even give her an interview beyond allowing her to fill out an application.
Yesterday she was offered a job with the IU Libraries, which is the perfect position for her. She can work on her own, she has volunteered in a library setting for years and doesn't need much training, and she did a trial run there in January for a month to prove to them that she could hold her own.
Thanks to laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act, people like my daughter can find meaningful employment. All they want is a chance to prove that they can do the job just as well as anyone else.
It isn't lost on me that her job offer came on the anniversary of this groundbreaking legislation.
Thank you to all of my friends who have been praying for this for so long. We knew it would happen if we waited long enough, but it didn't keep us from getting discouraged as the months kept going by without any sign of movement in her direction.
This just proves that God is faithful, and God's time is perfect.