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    My wife has a business associate friend who has a very nice daughter who is mildly mentally handicapped. This young lady is 41 years old, and I didn't even realize she was handicapped upon meeting her. But she cannot drive or cook. She sits in the house all day, and her mom wants her to have something to occupy her mind during the day. Could anyone here offer suggestions on what she might be able to do?

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    Some of the grocery chains around here employee such folks as baggers, cart wranglers, etc.

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    • #3
      Some of the grocery chains around here employee such folks as baggers, cart wranglers, etc.

      My first exact thought. Albertson's, if you got one, seems to do this a lot.
      You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!

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      • #4
        There are light industries here that employ mildly handicapped people in some simple assembly and packaging jobs.

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        • #5
          There are nonprofit organizations that do this sort of placement. I don't know of any in TN, but you could probably find any that exist searching generally on the internet or specifically on a site like:
          http://www.carf.org/

          edit: I was curious and did some searching on the aforelinked site. Not much in TN, but some decent leads under the ECS batch of programs, so try those first. Good luck.

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          • #6
            Many hospitals and medical clinics employ people like her for mail distribution.
            "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
            by Thomas Henry Huxley

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            • #7
              Probably a repetitive task like collating paper in an office or a copy shop. Or something like a simple safe production line job with minimum risks. A little bit of challange can really get her enthused.

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              • #8
                What is the level of her disability? Is it about employment or keeping her occupied?

                cman :?:

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                • #9
                  Bill - I'm involved with the Special Olympics Program and nearly all the athletes I help are employed, as mentioned above: some at grocery stores, others at the local facility for those with such disabilities (screen printing T-shirts, washing vehicles, mail sorting etc) and others at local casinos. Many express great satisfaction with their jobs, however "menial" they may seem. And, as you say, until you are in regular and close contact, with some their disability is not always apparent.

                  The Special Olympics is a wonderful program and, in addition to your friend looking at employment possibilities, I'd strongly suggest she looks at leisure activities for her daughter. Their programs include the following sports:

                  Alpine Skiing
                  Aquatics
                  Athletics (T&F)
                  Badminton
                  Basketball
                  Bocce
                  Bowling
                  Cross Country Skiing
                  Cycling
                  Equestrian
                  Figure Skating
                  Floor Hockey
                  Football (Soccer)
                  Golf
                  Gymnastics
                  Judo
                  Powerlifting
                  Roller Skating
                  Sailing
                  Snowboarding
                  Snowshoeing
                  Softball
                  Speed Skating
                  Table Tennis
                  Team Handball
                  Tennis
                  Volleyball

                  More information can be seen here:
                  http://www.specialolympics.org

                  And for your State's organization:
                  http://www.specialolympicstn.org

                  I would suggest that your friend makes contact with Tennessee's organization. The majority of those involved are parents and will be more than willing to share their experience of finding local employment opportunities.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Employment for mildly mentally handicapped person?

                    Originally posted by BillVol
                    My wife has a business associate friend who has a very nice daughter who is mildly mentally handicapped. This young lady is 41 years old, and I didn't even realize she was handicapped upon meeting her. But she cannot drive or cook. She sits in the house all day, and her mom wants her to have something to occupy her mind during the day. Could anyone here offer suggestions on what she might be able to do?
                    Marknh below(above) has some reasonable points.

                    As an ex-case-manager-teacher of Special Education classes in several California school districts I can offer my impression of your appeal.
                    I'd have to say that your message is commendable in heart and intent, but there are so many key details wanting:
                    -"mildly mentally handicapped?" What is her history of evaluation and education?
                    -"cannot drive or cook?" That might describe me.... and I accept all snide comments;
                    -"...sits in the house all day" does indicate perhaps Social Work or Habilitation, or even employment interview needed...;
                    -"Occupy her mind" is a nebulous criterion: satisfy her needs in all human enterprises may be a better goal;
                    -Agencies and support groups are available and ready to assist persons of all levels of disability. A referal to a liason, whether from a socialwork or county or state-funded agency professional--or a Special Education teacher with qualifications in Transition and Vocation Planning might be a good idea.
                    Regional Agencies are in place in most counties in most states/

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                    • #11
                      http://www.thearc.org/NetCommunity/Page ... 3&srcid=-2

                      I checked it out briefly and there are more than a few associations/chapters that would guide you through the red tape etc

                      ARC (formerly "Association for Retarded Citizens") is the national organization for people of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

                      another less robust group (or so it seems)

                      http://www.discoveret.org/taamr/

                      There are ample resources out there

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                      • #12
                        Director of High Performance w/ USATF?

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                        • #13
                          Thanks

                          Thank you for all the responses.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by marknhj
                            Bill - I'm involved with the Special Olympics Program

                            The Special Olympics is a wonderful program

                            Good for you.

                            I've only helped out on occaision, but never felt so good about life as when I saw these people (of all ages) so excited about doing whatever it happened to be that day.

                            I've actually wished I myself could be that happy that often.

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                            • #15
                              I have a 26 year old Nephew with Down Syndrome in Little Rock.

                              He lives alone and works 30 hours per week for the Park & Rec Dep't cleaning pavilions and grounds. Takes a bus to work.

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