This is Ronnie. He is one of the most important reasons I quit my job, borrowed a boat-load of money and started off on a wonderfully rewarding adventure in 2013. I’d like to believe that my success can be measured through his eyes. I know 2014 will be full of even bigger smiles.
You see, Ronnie is an amazing young man that works at Harry’s Buttons, which provides meaningful employment for adults with autism through Easter Seals. I found them while researching local manufacturers that support autistic adults. They assemble a variety of products, from buttons, to wine bottle charms, to collating and binding projects for local schools. Now, they assemble the Success Box!
The Success Box is an organizational storage system for visual supports: Picture Cards, picture cards, tokens – those still amazingly useful low-tech communication devices that continue to provide autistic students with a way to communicate on a daily basis.
Whether on a computer or strip of picture cards, organization is a major key to the successful use of any AAC device. Messy, lost or misplaced cards wastes time and money. Being proactive through this easy-to-use system reduces stress and increases positive interaction with students and teams.
I have so much enjoyed hearing from parents and teachers, all over the world, about how much this system has helped them on a daily basis. It is my sincere hope that in 2014, I can continue to tell Ronnie, ReShaun and the other young men at Harry’s Buttons to keep up the great work – and keep the Success Boxes coming! They are completing an important part of the Success Box journey – a tool for autistic students, assembled by autistic adults, with profits returning to the autism community. Isn’t that awesome?!
If you or someone you know needs a quick and easy organizational answer, where you can virtually scan ALL your visual supports in a single glance (Think of it – no more bins, baggies and binders in a pile!), the boys are ready to assemble it. Plus, the Success Box organizational storage system is less than a third the price to make a similar system on your own and ten times the durability with the specially manufactured poly bags!
Thanks to so many of you who have spread the word on this amazing, new tool with a focused purpose of supporting the autism community in all facets of it’s production and use. Please visit www.firstandthen.com to get your system today and start the New Year with an organizational accomplishment that will create many smiles.
Happy New Year!