A Job Club Member Shares Her Story
Right before Autism Job Club took a break for the summer months, they handed out a list of valuable ODSP employment support groups, who help people like me who are on the spectrum, with job placement.
My mother and I were interested in TSV Media Services who help place people in media related jobs. We went to meet with Frank Sroka at TSV in Mississauga at his office and talked about how he could help me. After going over my resume, Frank decided that I would be a good fit for an organization that he works for called The Disability Channel, which publishes an online magazine called The Plaid Zebra(name of the magazine to be changed soon). Frank told us to come to Toronto at the office on a certain date to get me set up. At The Disability Channel in Toronto, I met Lizz Hodgson who I was going to be reporting to. We ran over what I was going to be doing at the office there and discussed my hours.
I am now working 4 hours in the office for one day a week and working more hours remotely at home. I have met the founder of the company who lives in my hometown of Burlington, and he is happy to have me on board. I am in charge of writing for their blog and eventually will be handling other type of media writing. I am learning a lot of interesting things as well!
On some days that I go in, I do find it hard to concentrate because the office is busy and noisy. Interviews are being conducted and a media class is running. I use my headphones and listen to calming music to help me focus on my tasks. I take the GO train into Toronto, so getting up early enough to be on time for work is a bit challenging, but I am getting used to it. I like having something to focus on and being able to make money.
I am very thankful for Autism Job Club’s help and support and I like to recommend the Club to people who may know others on the spectrum that are having a hard time finding job placement support!
Katie Hemming has been attending Autism Job Club for the past year. She is a film school graduate, a past winner of The Simpson's Couch Gag Contest, and is writing her way towards her dream of becoming a successful screenwriter.