Yass I wanted to share some exciting things with you guys.
So, last week, some processes have started. As I already have said before in the forums, I have difficulty finding a job at the moment. And I finally reached my last straw and called in for some help.
First off: work.
So me and my mom who helped a lot through this contacted a person last week and met with her about my jobs. In the Netherlands you have something called “Gemeentes” which are basically local governments of a few towns or a city. And they can offer you things like job coaches or help whenever you need it with work.
So we contacted someone from our local government and had an appointment with them. We have talked together and it turns out that I can have a job coach, who’s gonna help me find a job, cover some insurances and stuff I get from not having work, and if I have work, to help me set in to place any accommodations I need with me and my future boss. The job coach is just like a little extra handhold to help me get things done around work. They also offered to get a coach for at home. This person will help me to keep my daily rhythm and just get things done at home. It’s like a professional accountabilibuddy.
Then there’s a next thing I’m very excited to talk about. I have done some research myself on service dogs and tried to contact some places to get some more information but I didn’t get a lot out of it. And since I’m still in the hands of foster care (yes I’m a foster kid) I decided to contact my foster care worker to ask if he could help me. He himself also has ADHD so he understands our struggles, which I’m very happy about. He was thrilled when I asked the question, cause in his years and years of working there he never came across a question like mine. So also we sat together around the table last week and we’re gonna try to see if we can get a service dog for me. Obviously I have Jessica to thank for this cause she gave me the idea. And foster care will try to help me pay for it and all that so that’s also amazing. Me and my boyfriend already wanted a dog. But it would be amazing if that dog could also help me out with my struggles and make things like grocery shopping or getting my chores done a little easier.
So, I just wanted to share this positive news with y’all and inspire y’all to also reach out for help if y’all need it. See, we’re the ones having to adapt in a world full of neurotypicals. We’re forced to learn to act like them when we’re just different. So to have people help you to function in this world is not bad. We’re not neurotypicals so it’s only logical we would need some help at times. I will keep y’all posted on any updates on this topic so y’all can see the process of all the things here.
At the moment my foster care worker is also busy contacting our local government so the service dog thing and the job coach thing can fall together a bit and we can keep each other in mind when we’re in all the processes. I myself jus have decisions to make right now, which I already made. I’m now just waiting for a message from my foster care worker so I can share my decisions.