October 20, 2016
Jonathan Stewart is an Epic Health Services employee who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Jonathan uses art as a means of expression and therapy. Jonathan hopes that his contributions will encourage patients to believe in themselves and strive for their dreams – just like he is doing every day!
Jonathan currently holds two jobs and in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), he is sharing some career tips that have made him successful in his own professional life at Epic Health Services and Raising Cane’s.
- Practice interviewing with someone you know to help improve both your self-confidence and comfort during the interview.
- Friends and family may be a great source to turn to for finding available jobs.
- There are organizations out there that help people with disabilities find meaningful careers, such as Enable America.
- Plan ahead! Make sure to lay out your professional clothing and arrange transportation ahead of time.
- Communicate with your future coworkers about your disability. Don’t be afraid to help them understand the types of accommodations you will need to be successful in your work.
Companies that employ people with special needs
There are many other companies, like Epic Health Services, that make a great effort to employee people with special needs. If you or a loved one is looking for work in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, check out these amazing companies.
- Howdy Homemade is a Dallas gourmet ice cream shop that empowers, “special needs heroes to succeed far beyond what most people think is possible.” Insider tip… their ice cream is amazing too!
- Kroger is a national grocery retailer that knows how to bring out the best in their employees. They have a long standing history for employing people with special needs.
- Hugs Café is a restaurant in McKinney, Texas that employs adults with special needs. The founder, Ruth, fulfills her passion for teaching and cooking by helping adults with special needs create wonderful food for their community.