Jared joined DSC as an Employment Counselor almost a year ago. Jared and his wife have two children with autism. His family was the 2017 Tree of Hope spokes family and Jared said that it was that experience that brought him to the decision to work at DSC.
Jared leads three groups through DSC Employment Services, including the Comic Book Group, the Men’s Group, and the Self-Advocacy Group. The groups participate in a variety of activities and often include riding the MTD to get to their destination. Many DSC groups use MTD as a means of transportation because when someone gets a job or begins to live independently, knowing how to ride the bus further increases their independence. Self-Advocacy is also an important topic. Group members learn about their rights and how to speak up for themselves.
Jared’s favorite thing about working at DSC is working with the people who choose DSC services. “Having two kids of my own with autism, it feels like a way for me to give back.” We also asked him if he had any suggestions, from both the perspective of being a parent and an employee. “Sometimes people with disabilities can get upset due to their disability. I think it’s important to be patient with them. They are not always able to communicate the same as others, so it may be expressed differently. For parents, don’t be afraid to reach out for help, if your son or daughter has a disability or you think they might have one. It can feel scary to take that first step, but there are people and resources to help you. “