“Not that there weren’t (previous) attempts. Nothing ended well, however, because brain damage is a significant jerk. My Strong-Hearted Girl struggled to understand expectations, to not explode in frustration or dissolve into a deep pool of anxiety.
In the past many months, however, one person (and this person’s team; in the disability universe no one is an island) has stood fast in the tornado that comes with serving Strong-Hearted Girl. That would be Irene.
Irene is a job developer for an agency where Strong-Hearted Girl lives. That agency (PCL), which uses tax dollars (get all the screams out now) helps people live real lives. Whenever possible, that includes employment.
People like Irene do a lot. In this case, she got my girl out into the community to learn about lots of different jobs. She helped with resumes. Irene ran between case managers, potential employers and my kiddo. For months and months, while also managing a small city of paperwork.Irene landed my daughter a job shadow experience at TJMaxx. Much to her shock, Strong-Hearted Girl ate up her days there with a spoon. Loved it.”