The Importance Of Resilience

Someone may ask “Why is it important for individuals with disabilities to be resilient?” The answer is simple…… “Because to show that you can do things just like everyone else, you have to fight for it.” Life is always an uphill battle for anyone, but for someone with autism, it is an even more treacherous one. The employment statistics for individuals on the autism spectrum are very bleak. The full time employment statistics are even worse. According to the Autism Now (https://autismnow.org/on-the-job/employment-research-and-reports/) less than 1/3 of individuals with autism are employed, and a vast majority of those employed are employed part time. What makes things worse is that states are actually allowed to set their own minimum wages for individuals with disabilities. My home state of Florida apparently has a separate minimum wage for individuals with disabilities, which is $2.00 an hour. That is very unfair and unjust. Luckily, I get paid way above the national minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, but that still isn’t ok, because I am still seeing people with disabilities getting paid unfairly. That is simply ok. However, I feel very accomplished as I have fought this battle, but will continue fighting. I am in a career profession (in my dream career profession) doing something that I love to do. I am doing very well at my job and love it everyday. The fact that I can make a difference to young kiddos from underserved backgrounds makes me blessed each day. I feel by doing this I am showing that I am winning this uphill battle. I may be accomplishing a-lot, but there are still ways to go, as I want other individuals with disabilities to also thrive as well. The key is to be resilient. When you get knocked down, you get back up!

2 thoughts on “The Importance Of Resilience

  1. Sarah Michelle:

    I liked your answer and approach to resilience – it is a good model to the students you teach and to the wider community and all of us who follow you in your art and advocacy life.

    We do tend to take for granted what everybody can do; everybody can and will do.

    We don’t live in a world yet where people with disability are part of that everybody – keep working and living for that world which will be this world.

    I wonder if you contributed to the mid-June roundtable about section 14c which was not too long back?

    Yes, Florida does have that sub-minimum wage.

    And seeing people with their dream jobs help people dream new dreams and persist through their nightmares.

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