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McHenry County Workforce Network

Meet Harini

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Workforce Challenge

In spite of her diagnosis of mild Autism/Asperger's, Harini was eager to find work that she loved. She applied to, and entered, the McHenry County Workforce Network during the 2009 ARRA Summer Program for assistance.

Workforce Solution

Harini began working at the Outdoor Living Classroom in which she assisted in building Butterfly Gardens at three of the local middle schools. She was credited for her ability to do hard work and physical labor tasks. Harini reported that she was so glad to get the job through the McHenry County Workforce. She said, "For me, it was very special because it was my first job. I felt so important just to know that I got a job. Once I started, I had so much fun."

Outcomes & Benefits

Through her participation in the youth program, Harini began to develop friendships and better understand her diagnosis and the impact it has on her social skills. Harini's mom reported that she has increased her verbal and written communication skills and has become more vocal at home and at school. Harini is now attending community college, and she has had the opportunity to join a support group at her school with other students who also have a diagnosis of Autism.

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