Marty Malone became involved with Skills when his son Hunter, who is autistic, joined the Vocational Training and Industrial Services (VTI) program. Subsequently, he fell in love with the organization and now serves on their board. Marty believes that Vocational Training is bringing a level of fulfillment to people who otherwise wouldn’t have it.
“Skills was generous enough to give us a tour prior to enrolling. During that time Hunter immediately sat and started doing another gentleman’s job when he got up to use the restroom.” Mr. Malone continues, “It gave him (Hunter) socialization, fulfillment and a reason to get up in the morning. Those things have impacted our entire family.“
For people in similar situations, Malone says, “We’ve come a long way since diagnoses, back then we had to import professionals but today we have these services. I would tell parents that you’re not in this alone; there are a lot of people in this situation.”
When Skills talks about taking a Person Centered Approach, it means that each individual is part of the group; but their individual needs and wants are also recognized and addressed.
Malone goes on to say, “Skills has been a very enriching force in my life. There’s a new element to my life that I haven’t had before and I am very grateful.”
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