Andrew is 18, severely autistic, and nonverbal - to create products and ideas and work for him is always on the top of my mind - swirling around. If Andrew cannot participate in a product in some fashion, we generally don't make it.
The shop and its products are about paying it forward - giving a job to a young man who in the normal workplace has none - and in the typical world of adults is forgotten. He has no real life skills, cannot talk on or even make a call on a phone, order pizza, hang out with friends. He has a lot of nots in his life. Things he will never do or even know about.
His world and the people in it are a small and he seems to like it that way, closing his eyes when the environment intrudes too much.
We have been working on some new organza ribbons and he has the job of shredding them for us. They are a different texture so it's a bit odd to him feeling them, but he has been doing a great job.
He is also getting some "green projects" ready - ripping labels off aluminum cans that we are recycling for flower pots!
He is an expert shredded and ripper (mostly of things you do not want shredded - so it is good to use those skills and put them to a useful purpose.
|Yay paperclips - hand punched by Andrew and stamped!|
|Backside of paper clips - hand punched and hand stamped by Andrew.|
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