In support of Autism Awareness Month, we continue our efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change by sharing success stories of amazing individuals with autism who have conquered our hearts with their perseverance.
Today, we take you back to the very beginning of our journey and share our source of motivation for establishing Winters Center for Autism.
Meet Sean –
A hardworking and dedicated Winters Bros. employee, Sean shows up to work to take on his recycling route with purpose and a sense of fulfillment. As a boy, Sean received many instructional services and spent countless hours working on daily living skills, as well as mastering various job tasks in preparation for the future.
With daily challenges of autism, comes a great sense of uncertainty, largely due to lack of access to employment and continued support into adulthood. As the years progressed, Sean’s parents were uncertain about the future, especially Sean’s ability to work. All they ever wanted was for him to have an opportunity to live his best and most fulfilling life by having the same sense of purpose through successful employment as anyone else.
With the commitment of team members from NSSA and Life’s Worc, nonprofits that support people with intellectual disabilities and autism, the vision for Sean to be successfully employed became a reality.
Winters Bros. expanded their recycling program to include Project Green Sweep designed to create jobs for adults with autism interested in recycling. Sean was the first person to get started with five stops on the route.
With the support of his job coaches and caring staff at Winters Bros., Sean continues his family legacy completing a 50-stop recycle route as part of his work experience at company. Sean works alongside his brother, cousins and extended family each day - the true meaning of a family business.
Michele Winters, beaming with pride, commented on her son’s experience “Working on the recycle route has given Sean a sense of pride, purpose and fulfillment. He is excited to wake up every day and be a productive part of his community. You can see in his happy smile that he feels he has purpose and he is valued.”
5/13/2020 06:43:27 am
The dedication and success of the Winters Center for Autism is amazing and I had the good fortune and honor to be part the initial startup of Project Green Sweep.
5/15/2020 01:08:06 pm
Jim, thank you for your kind words of encouragement. We are grateful and feel so fortunate to have support and dedication of wonderful Winters Bros’ employees, such as yourself. Our mission would not be possible without everyone’s collective efforts and collaboration.
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Winters Center for Autism Team
The Winters Center for Autism is committed to enhancing the quality of life for adults with autism through job creation, training and placement while helping businesses to develop and implement programs to employ people with autism.