After college, I started doing volunteer work and I always wanted to get a paid job. During the last year, I got help from the GAS Employment Support Service. They helped me with applying for jobs and doing interviews and I got good experience. In October last year, I was successful in getting a paid job, which has been my dream for quite a while. I am continuing with this work at a local foodbank, and it is good to know that GAS is still there to support me if I need it.
Mhairi receives fantastic support from GAS with day-to-day activities and problem solving.
My name is Mhairi and I have Aspergers Syndrome. Getting support and being able to talk about it really helps me. I get help in the house and with shopping. My support workers and I do things together like going away for a day or an evening out and it makes me happy.
I know that I will be much more confident going into my probationary year after working at GAS, and more confident knowing that I can make school a better experience for all the children in my class. Another thing is that, if you’re a student teacher and love children, even when it’s challenging it will be a rewarding job because you can really see the positive impact you’re having on the children.
Then my daughter got Outreach – she loved going to the cinema and going out for something to eat. She is still having outreach a few times a week and enjoys it. I have found the staff are well trained for working with children with special needs. I was able to go to work having the confidence that my daughter is being cared for by her support workers. They are well trained and have my number if they needed me for anything but I have never had a call from any of the staff in the 14 years my daughter has been using Grampian Autistic Society.
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