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Hard Working Madison

27/06/2014
Finding opportunities to participate in the workplace in a meaningful way when you are a young person is very difficult. Fortunately, there are employers who give our youth a chance to gain valuable employability skills which build their skills, confidence and self-esteem.
 
A member of the public who observed one of our TCLC Year 12 students at her week-end job showed how employers, in this case McDonalds, and young people with a disability can work together to have a win-win situation for both parties. Following is some feedback provided by the customer to McDonalds regarding her work:
 
As a mother of a child with a disability I worry about his future but today when I visited McDonalds you gave me hope. A young girl who appeared to have a disability was cleaning the dining area where we were eating today. The young girl greeted my fifty something mother with the comment 'You look 21...here at McDonalds we make people feel good'. Her comment brought a smile to my face and I could see my son saying the same thing. I also saw one of the other staff members directing and guiding her to do her job in a kind and respectful manner. Thank you for giving me faith in what the future may hold for my 11 year old autistic son.