April 13, 2017
To Herman “Jamie” Powell, who works at Johnny Janosik, every day is a puzzle he enjoys figuring out. Jamie, who has autism, enjoys his job and benefits from the support he receives through Easterseals Supported Employment services.
“The best part about my job is assembling the furniture and putting the pieces together,” Jamie says. “It is fun to figure out which piece goes where. It’s like a puzzle.”
Easterseals celebrates “National Autism Awareness Month” in April and recognizes the many needs of the growing population of people whose lives are touched by autism either personally or by a family member. Easterseals accommodates those needs through a myriad of services offered, including: adult day programs, supported employment services, children’s therapy services, services for caregivers and especially through Camp Fairlee, an accessible camp for children and adult with disabilities.
Johnny Janosik is so pleased with the job that Jamie does, he was recently recognized as Employee of the Month. “Everyone tells me they love having me there. My boss tells me he wishes there were 10 more people out there like me,” Jamie says. “I am always there to help when others need a hand. It’s like working with family.”
On top of loving his job, Jamie also likes the spending money he gets from working. As a big movie buff, he enjoys using the money he earns to add to his movie collection and to go to the movie theater. His favorite movies are the X-Men series.
Supported Employment services, which Easterseals has provided for over 20 years, matches participants with jobs in local businesses so they can earn competitive wages with the assistance of job coaching and training. Once trained in their position, participants work on their own to gain more independence. Ongoing supports are provided to help participants be successful in the job. Group employment opportunities are also available.
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, and respite services for caregivers. To learn more about how Easterseals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.com.