Rob’s Ripples Story
“My name is Robert Parton. I was diagnosed with high functioning autism at the age of 3 and was told that I was never going to speak. Now I am a public speaker. And give talks all over the country.
Having paid work makes me live. Because I cannot live off fresh air. And even though I’ve got a part time job, it doesn’t come regularly. This is just something to fill some of my spare time. And get some cash.
I was lucky to get a job at Ripples.
I chose to work in Ripples because the people there are friendly and they get me working hard. Which is something that makes me feel valued. The kitchen can seem a bit loud and chaotic but bizarrely it hardly ever bothers me.
Before I worked at Ripples and I had wanted a part time job. I said I was happily enough to work in any environment. Whether it was loud, or sensory packed, all of this doesn’t even bother me. I just want to feel valued and earn a living. And I think that’s the way forward of getting a job.”
ASDES has been delighted to work alongside Rob in this role that he has been recently offered. Ripples is a small café situated on the coastal path just outside Mumbles, it is frequented by many regulars and tourists who stop off for a break as they walk / cycle along the bay. Rob has started off washing the dishes in this busy tourist environment, he realises the importance of the work that he does as the other staff are busy serving customers and he ensures that there are always clean dishes ready for the next round of customers. Rob has received job coaching input from ASDES to gain confidence in the environment and for the staff to develop some idea of what works well for Rob and what doesn’t.
Rob helps with service when he can get away from the kitchen sink, during these times his job coach provides clear instructions with suggestions as to where he might want to put the tray of drinks and food when he delivers them to the customers at their tables. The job coach also works as a prompt to suggest tasks he might want to do, such as collecting the dirty dishes from the tables outside.
The staff at Ripples make this work, they have given Rob the opportunity and check in with the job coach to see how they can introduce new tasks to Rob. The staff engage with Rob in communication about his love of animation and sitcom. Without the skills and awareness that the staff have, this might not have worked.
ASDES would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dennis, Jemima and team for the excellent contribution that they make to an individual’s life and hopes for the future. Plus they serve the best coffee and homemade ice cream ……