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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

Working in Retail Has Helped a Woman with ASD Grow

Nava Silton

Working in retail can be a stressful job for anybody. Going shopping can be stressful for anybody. It is known that people with autism spectrum disorder often have trouble shopping with the loud noises, large groups of people, bright lights etc. That is why “quiet hours’ or “sensory friendly” shopping hours have been popping up. Well, one woman with autism defies these preconceived notions. Liz Michaels works in a big name pharmacy store and she is not only thriving, but she also feels that her retails job has helped her grow as a person. For one thing, Michaels works the register. Doctors and teachers thought that working the register is a skill she would never be able to do, but she has proven those people wrong. Of course working retail has its ups and downs. However, Michaels states that those negative times have only made her stronger. She also feels lucky that she has had awesome managers who have taken the time to get to know her as a woman on the autism spectrum. Michaels says that working in the pharmacy has helped her grow confidence. She hopes to inspire others by showing that autism does not define her, it is just a piece of her and she can do anything she sets her mind to. Read her full article here.