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CS Foundation Mission: To create a career path for young and middle aged adults with a disability to learn office assistant tasks that will increase employment sustainability and inclusion in the workplace.

Getting a Job

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

My mom and I drove past a Lutheran Preschool and we saw a new building being built for the preschool. Mom was interested in a position and thought I could do some kind of data entry work. When we got home, she called the preschool and told the director about us and how we could help the preschool. The director said she would think about it and call us in a few days. We didn’t hear back from her so I asked mom to call back. Sarah, the director, said she had been really busy and that she had planned to call us. Sarah felt that having a person with a disability would be good to have on staff because it would teach the children not to be afraid about an individual with a disability.

Sarah asked us if we wanted to come to the preschool for a couple of workdays so we could meet the office staff of the school. We said yes! Everybody was so welcoming. Sarah hired my mom and I would volunteer. The first year I greeted the families and children who came to the preschool. Sarah gave me some data entry work and she could see that I could do a job. The next year my mom was her secretary and I became a data entry assistant. Sarah hired me that year. My mom and I have a wonderful job and we got the chance to get to know some wonderful families and children in our community. I met a child that got attached to me and she would sit in my lap and eat her snack.

Don’t be afraid of asking people for a job, persistence pays off in the long run. I hope this will encourage you when looking for a job.

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Douglas Winkler

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