An Act of Kindness by Anna P

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart


At SEEDs for Autism, we encourage our participants to share their stories. Simple moments we experience can change the way we view the world and help us understand our purpose in life. Here, Anna shares an experience she had at work while helping a customer. It is an inspiration to all of us, and a story worth sharing.

When a person works at a job, like McDonalds or as an accountant at a bank they may think they’re not really helping people in a major way but this is false. One example I have that shows that any job can make a difference happened at Fry’s. I am a courtesy clerk and one of my coworkers told me to help a lady. The lady was blind and had a cane. Because she was blind she couldn’t see where to go to get certain items she needed.

How I helped her was by directing her to go straight, turn backwards or to the side. I was a bit scared helping her though because maybe she wouldn’t know how to maneuver around the store with the directions I gave her. However she did know and I learned more about her as we had a conversation. Where she lived the water was out and she had to ask a neighbor for help. This made me want to help her more because no water in Arizona can lead to health problems and death so I wanted to make sure to give her water. This showed me just how important my job could be.

She used Paratransit and I ran/jogged to make sure the Paratransit was there. I was very focused on making sure she got to the Paratransit because in a way I made a friend when talking and helping her. And friends to me are people who help other people they know. Everything I ever did at Fry’s was worth it because going there on the days scheduled helped me be familiar with my coworkers and the workplace. That helped me find her the items she needed. Best part is the lady gave me a hug making me know that she appreciated me.

Please anyone working at a career they don’t think makes a difference, remember it can. And it’s worth waiting for even at a job you hate.

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This article was featured in an issue of the SEEDs for Autism Newsletter. If you would like to subscribe and hear more stories from SEEDs participants, please visit our websiteThank you!

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How Has SEEDs Improved Your Life?

It is so inspirational to watch SEEDs participants as they embrace new experiences, rise up to meet challenges, build friendships, develop life-changing skills and even become role models for their peers! We invited our participants to examine their personal journeys and share stories of the improvement they have seen within themselves since joining our program. 

CHRIS M.
Before I became a participant at SEEDS For Autism, I had a really hard time being patient with other people. Since then, I’ve been doing much better, although I still have room to improve.

When I first moved to Arizona with my parents, we had no one to turn to and we were being misguided. Then we tried out SEEDS. At first, I was getting upset over other participants and how the schedule worked. But, as time passed on I started to relax and I learned a lot about being patient with some of the other participants and I became their friend. I also learned about the classes I take here, such as Newsletter, Ceramics, Weaving and Silk Screening, although I still need to get used to custodial duty at times.

I hope to go further with building my patience with others and I hope they will learn as well. How about you?

FRANCIS
When I started here at SEEDs I did not know what to expect so I listened throughout the day. Very funny, a voice in my head told me to pay attention. Since then I have learned how to use tools in the Wood-Working Dept. I also learned life skills and social skills like how to act appropriately and mature at a job site. We did some role-playing about how a boss would give you instructions and then you get it done.

There are also some people at SEEDs that I have reacquainted with as friends like Matthew, Dustin, and Victor. I am currently working on building new friendships with others. I believe friendships are very important.

CAMILLE 
SEEDs has improved my life because I have made a lot of friends and that makes me happy. I have learned many things at SEEDs like coping skills that help me deal with difficult people without having a meltdown. That makes me more mature, responsible, and I feel more relaxed. I also learned how to make beautiful ceramics and that gives me a good feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.

ERIK
SEEDs for Autism has made me a better person in many ways. SEEDs has opened my eyes to new methods of creative expression. It allows me to be a more productive member of society. Finally, it improves my social expression abilities.

MICHAEL S.
Seeds has improved my life because I see my friends and learn new things. That makes me happy.

KERI
Seeds has improved my life by helping me be more independent and more confident. My communication skills are better and I feel better about my myself. I have friends here that make me laugh and be happy.

NATHAN B.
Seeds has improved life because now I have more friends. I also have more confidence in myself as well. Before I came to SEEDs I didn’t have many friends. I also didn’t have much confidence in myself. I also didn’t do much but sit at home all day. That is how SEEDs has improved my life. 

ANGEL
When I started SEEDs, I was very nervous, because it was a new chapter for me to learn how to communicate, make eye contact, work with others and more. So now that I returned to SEEDs, I’m still nervous…but I’m controlling my personality. What I improved in my social skills is that I get to talk with the instructors and my peers.

ETHAN
Seeds has provided me a lot of new friends to talk to, and teaches us every morning about life skills.

MICHAEL I
When I first started at SEEDs in June 2017, it was an all-new experience to me, sort of like my elementary and high school days. Since I started, I have reunited with some people I have known since those days. Ever since SEEDs relocated to its current location in October 2017, I met some very interesting people, some of whom have been paired up with me in different departments. All this time I have been coming mainly for the social aspect.

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This article was featured in an issue of the SEEDs for Autism Newsletter. If you would like to subscribe and hear more stories from SEEDs participants, please visit our website. Thank you!

Friendships Grow at SEEDs for Autism

 

Kyle, Jeff and Mallory share a smile during lunch break.

 

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’
― C.S. Lewis

SEEDs for Autism is a non-profit organization that provides education and vocational training for young adults on the autism spectrum. Participants learn a variety of job skills, social skills and life skills in a structured environment focused on the arts. At SEEDs, these talented individuals produce a wide variety of high quality home and garden products which are sold into the community.

It sounds pretty amazing,
and it is…

But it’s so much more than that.

Truly, SEEDs is a life-changing program.

I have watched shyness turn into confidence.
I have seen meltdowns fade as coping skills develop.
I have seen distraction evolve into focus..
but, perhaps best of all –
I have seen these wonderful people find friends.

MB / Newsletter Instructor, SEEDs for Autism

Jordan and Camille prepare for an epic game of Scrabble during Social Day.

 

Participants at SEEDs spend time together before morning meeting.

 

Jesse Dean and Daniel Ch.

 

Jessica and Jesse