Ending the fourth week of my Workability program, there was a guest speaker named Lisa, who is a sophomore attending the U of A with a disability. She explained to us that she has constant back pain and also hears things that other people may not normally hear. However, Lisa had certain accommodations that help her be successful in school. She also applied her college life to what was learned in class this week such as self advocacy, self determination, and self disclosure.
Meet Darcey the Handi-Dog!
We had a guest speaker and a handi-dog visit in our class. They showed us what the dog does for people. Some things a Handi-Dog can help with are:
Here is Darcey in the video below!
My Day With A Handi-Dog
A lady named Susan and her dog named Darcey came to our class yesterday. Susan talked to us about what it is like to have a Handi-dog. Darcey can help tell when your sugar is low or when you are going to have a seizure. We all got to pet her and I also gave her a treat. She did a cool trick like in Tombstone! Her handler pretended to shoot her and she dropped and rolled over. It was funny! She will pick up anything you drop that you can’t pick up yourself. She also is a great companion to have because she can make your life better. You can get a dog from a dog shelter to train.
Starting at Workability
We went to yellow brick coffee than we had a guest speaker. We also learned about conflict resolution. I met new friends: Aaron, Wendi, and DeeDee. I am looking forward to all the things I will be learning that will help me get my dream job of working at the Movie Theater!
The Garden Kitchen visited our Workshop this week. We really enjoyed talking to them and learning about all the things they do. One of their biggest programs is Seed to Table. This program demonstrates and teaches you how to grow food in the desert as well as some great recipes. If you take a class you get to eat what you make at the end...Yum! The Garden Kitchen also has Community Events. Some upcoming events are:
All Classes are FREE & Open to the Public 2205 S. 4th Ave South Tucson
Guest Speaker - Garden Kitchen
Jacqui Stork came to visit us from The Garden Kitchen. She let us know about the program and how it is connected to the University of Arizona. The Garden Kitchen helps teach people about making healthy food choices and how to grow food in the desert. They also teach people how to raise chickens for fresh eggs. They have many options for you to volunteer and do several community events throughout the year. I would like to become a volunteer with the Garden Kitchen!
Lupita came to visit our workshop from Direct Center for Independence. She let us know about some of the services Direct offers such as:
Networking helps you to get to know new people and talk to them about work.
When looking for a job it is important to network with those who work at the job site or go on twitter or other chatroom website.
Make sure that you practice the three P’s (Prepare, Practice, and Pull Yourself Together) or they will not think you are serious.
If you are nervous try networking with family or friend to make the networking with new people a lot easier.
These posts are written by the students of the Employment Workshop Series.