Ian's Story - Side Street Shop
[Type text]His team has also learned to “think outside the box.” This means to always look at things with adifferent mindset to find ways to strategize with Ian for solutions. Ian and Kathy have also taughthis team to always end on success, no matter what…Ian started work and had a bright, full summer. His family is growing with a sister married andthe possibilities of more nieces and nephews. Ian has a family he loves and who loves him, a greatcompanion in Corky and a life that continues to get richer and brighter. His planning and actionteam will continue to help him to find activities and ways to contribute and be a part of his family,his workplace and his community of Vancouver, Washington.Hot Tips and What We are Learning from Ian and Kathy:Set the bar high but remember that supports may be needed.Always listen carefully to what the person wants and who the person is. Listening maymean watching carefully to what a person does and how he/she behaves, especially ifthat person doesn’t use words to communicate.It’s helpful to use cues without words whenever possible – body language, pictures, andgestures can be very helpful for someone who doesn’t speak.Don’t assume anything about people who do not communicate with words – “discoverand uncover” gifts, skills, passions, and opportunities.Problem solve issues from the person’s point of view. This may mean letting certainassumptions go and thinking outside the box.Provide lots of positive feedback – it builds confidence.Think positively. Always think and end on a positive note – not matter what.It does take a “village” or a team of people to help – do not be afraid to ASK!Continually make connections with others in the community. NETWORK. You neverknow where it could lead. Going to a sustainable business meeting lead to building arelationship which lead to a job.This story is from the Building Careers and Community project.