Pros: lunches were free, cooking, baking, holiday family feast, trips
A very busy hectic environment. No 2 days were ever the same at AMAC. Working with Autistic individuals on a daily basis over a period of time could really prove to be very stressful and unrewarding. Given the fact that some of the consumers had chronic behavioral problems, some were on meds, some were not the chances of your day being uneventful was non-existant. You had to learn compassion and patients if these were qualities that you did not possess, you were in trouble...and funny thing they can sense it. Management at AMAC at times, was to be questioned, I felt at times it was like a dictatorship. The majority of my co-workers were ok, I am a people's person, I can work with and get along with anyone...and I've had to work with people that I really did not like. The hardest part of this job is when we'd take the consumers out into the community, some of them would just act out. The most enjoyable part for me, was when I was able to sit with some of them and really have a civil conversaton. The majority of them loved to talk so I would just listen, and intervene or correct them when necessary. All autistic individuals have at lease 1 skill or thing that they can do almost to perfection. They are like children in and adult body, but to know them is to LOVE them.