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What makes POW&R work?
We recognize that to support individuals with autism on community jobs, that we have to know and understand each person, and we have to understand how that person's autism impacts him or her so that we can develop individualized supports. We do the following things:
Whenever possible, POW&R staff members assist adults with autism and their families to develop a Circle of Support and create a plan and budget based on individual choices. Services are provided wherever the person chooses to reside, socialize, recreate, or work.
…we develop a service plan that identifies interests, skills, and support needs as well as strategies to teach the person so that he or she can be successful.
- Theda Ellis, Executive Director, Autism Delaware
What do parents and consumers have to say about POW&R?
The POW&R program is the best Adult Services Program in the world. I think they are good at helping adults with autism. I suggest that adults with autism should try the program.
POW&R provides my son Ben with the support necessary to work and exercise and participate in his community. He has been able to be employed at Dollar Tree. He has his own shredding business which is growing. He volunteers in the community and enjoys recreational opportunities. His job skills have increased and his independence and confidence have grown over the past 18 months that he has received services through POW&R. POW&R doesn't just provide support, it also helps people grow. POW&R folks are always available to meet with families with any concerns or to share important information. Ben's happiness to go to work each day is what tells me that POW&R is the best fit for him.
As a POW&R participant, Nick now has all the elements of a successful life that we envisioned for both our children: meaningful, rewarding work; challenging recreational pursuits and enjoyable leisure time. What is more, he experiences these things in inclusive environments, surrounded by people who are always supportive of his present achievements and his future goals.
- Lucy Graham, Parent
Meet Dan: One of Many POW&R Success Stories
The POW&R program is a wonderful service provider for young adults with Autism. It helps them to find jobs. In 2008 the POW&R program helped me to find a part time job at Neurology Associates. I now work there every Monday through Thursday from 11 AM until 4 PM. I enjoy working at Neurology Associates. On Friday mornings at 11:30 I meet up with my friends Brendan and Nick and our support staff Matt at Autism Delaware. We always go out for lunch on Fridays. After lunch we do a recreational activity. We usually do a different recreational activity each week. Sometimes we go swimming at the YMCA and sometimes we go to the movie theater to see a movie. Other times we go for a walk at the mall or a park. Then Matt takes Brendan, Nick, and me home. I always enjoy doing Rec. with Brendan, Nick, and Matt on Fridays. That's the highlight of my week and I spend the whole week looking forward to it. Katina Demetriou is the director of the POW&R program and she has helped me a lot throughout the past couple of years. I don't know where I'd be today without Katina and her wonderful staff. I enjoy being a participant in the POW&R program and recommend it to anyone with Autism who is looking for an Adult Services provider.
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Working with the POW&R program has been an opportunity for the department staff to understand, learn more and have an appreciation of individuals with Autism. In the long run this helps the community promote awareness of Autism while it assists these young adults in their transition from high school into the working world. This transition is not easy for any young adult, let alone one with a set of unique needs so awareness is important for all involved. The support staff at POW&R has been here day, night and weekends to acclimate these young men to our environment. I feel it has been a rewarding experience to date and we look to continue our relationship with POW&R in the future.
Curt Melhorn, Associate Administrator Sodexho at DuPont Hospital for Children
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