At the 2012 Forum, everyone got to take a peek at our great photo series on employment. Representative Ross Hunter donated his time and energy to The Arc for this very special photo series showcasing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the workplace.
Dr. Jerald Bates, DDS & Pony Mailbox and Business Center
Ben is an outgoing and compassionate 24 year-old self-advocate. He has recently moved into a new chapter of his life. Literally! Ben has moved into an apartment and takes great pride in the home he has created. He loves hanging out with friends and family, sharing meals, playing video games, watching movies, and tracking sports statistics. Ben enjoys listening to music and using his computer. He is also involved in community activities, such as bowling on his local league, and participating in adaptive sports through the City of Redmond. This month, Ben joined The Arc University’s leadership training program for self-advocates.
Ben has been happily employed for three and a half years at two different workplaces. The first is with Dr. Jerald Bates, DDS, and the second is at Pony Mailbox and Business Center in Woodinville. His duties include working with patient files, scanning, delivering mail and bank deposits, and answering the telephone. Employment has been a huge benefit in Ben’s life, not just in terms of income, but in terms of skill development. With the responsibilities of his jobs, Ben has gained confidence and competence. He is proud to be a valued employee in his community.