By: Brenda Gibson
February 12, 2013
Ask Tony Fisher what he likes best about his new job at Dakota’s and you won’t get a simple answer. Instead, Fisher will tell you a story of how his dreams came true.
“I always wanted to work in a restaurant,” Fisher shared. “I get to be around all kinds of people and make them smile.”
Through the Community Employment program at the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD), Fisher worked with Community Employment Specialists to learn the skills he needed to get the job that he wanted.
“We work with individuals and learn what jobs and interests they have. We look past their disabilities and focus on giving them the abilities to work at the job they want,” said Laurie Green, community employment team leader at the SCBDD’s Vocation Station.
The Community Employment program offers a variety of services for individuals with developmental disabilities including working with employers to develop and identify job opportunities; assisting and training individuals through preparation of resumes, and applications; providing job shadowing opportunities and on-site training and assisting employers with modifying or eliminating barriers to employment for persons with disabilities.
Taylor Springer, general manager of Dakota’s, said Fisher has not only been a great employee, but also has served as a motivator for others.
“When I met with Laurie and Zack (Conkle) a few weeks ago, we talked about partnering to provide more community employment opportunities. I’m glad we connected because Tony has been a top-notch employee. Not only does he do his job well, he sets an example for the whole staff,” said Springer.
“I really like my job. I like bussing tables and talking to people,” said Fisher.
Springer said the partnership with SCBDD is a great way to connect with the community in a different way.
“This program not only provides excellent workers for us here at Dakotas, but it provides opportunities for us to learn too. The staff have embraced Tony as part of our family and not only is Tony growing as an employee, but those around him are growing too,” he said.
“I get to be a part of this place (Dakota’s) and it makes me really happy to come to work,” Fisher said.
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