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Andrew is an intelligent, meticulous, and kind-hearted young man with autism. He enjoys tinkering with electronics and restoring his “old truck”. Andrew is not defined by his autism, but it does affect his senses, which makes being around loud noises, touching unclean things, or communicating his wants and needs more challenging for him.

Beginning in high school, Andrew started working with Quality Connections through a program that helps young people successfully transition from school to work. Andrew’s position at QC was testing and refurbishing used computer equipment, something he truly enjoyed! Working at QC helped him develop his confidence and basic employment skills, while he and his job coach worked to find creative ways to overcome his barriers. In addition to direct work experience, Andrew also worked with QC to refine his interpersonal verbal communication skills and his ability to recognize visual cues. He also began attending community college to earn his Comp TIA certificate with the help of tutoring from QC.

When he was ready, Andrew applied to work as a cashier at Target. He was hired on the spot, but the job presented him with some new challenges to work through, new barriers to overcome. Target use walkie-talkies to communicate, so Andrew and his job coach practiced saying the most outlandish things on the walkie-talkies until he felt comfortable using them. They also worked on touching unclean things — wearing gloves and finding ways to push the trash down without touching it helped Andrew overcome this barrier. Andrew and his job coach worked together closely so he would no longer need support from QC to be successful.

Andrew may still have autism, but it has not stopped him from pursuing his goals and dreams. He has successfully worked at Target for three years now, and just landed a dream internship working at Coconino County IT Help Desk. We’re so proud of your success Andrew!
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Andrew is an intelligent, meticulous, and kind-hearted young man with autism.  He enjoys tinkering with electronics and restoring his “old truck”.  Andrew is not defined by his autism, but it does affect his senses, which makes being around loud noises, touching unclean things, or communicating his wants and needs more challenging for him.  

Beginning in high school, Andrew started working with Quality Connections through a program that helps young people successfully transition from school to work.  Andrew’s position at QC was testing and refurbishing used computer equipment, something he truly enjoyed!  Working at QC helped him develop his confidence and basic employment skills, while he and his job coach worked to find creative ways to overcome his barriers.  In addition to direct work experience, Andrew also worked with QC to refine his interpersonal verbal communication skills and his ability to recognize visual cues.  He also began attending community college to earn his Comp TIA certificate with the help of tutoring from QC.  

When he was ready, Andrew applied to work as a cashier at Target.  He was hired on the spot, but the job presented him with some new challenges to work through, new barriers to overcome.  Target use walkie-talkies to communicate, so Andrew and his job coach practiced saying the most outlandish things on the walkie-talkies until he felt comfortable using them.  They also worked on touching unclean things — wearing gloves and finding ways to push the trash down without touching it helped Andrew overcome this barrier.  Andrew and his job coach worked together closely so he would no longer need support from QC to be successful.  

Andrew may still have autism, but it has not stopped him from pursuing his goals and dreams.  He has successfully worked at Target for three years now, and just landed a dream internship working at Coconino County IT Help Desk.  We’re so proud of your success Andrew!
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What a great story and a hard working young man. Way to go Andrew.

How well do you know the Flagstaff demographic? Check out these interesting statistics for today’s #FunFactsFriday! ... See MoreSee Less

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How well do you know the Flagstaff demographic? Check out these interesting statistics for today’s #FunFactsFriday!

The #TBT that truly holds the heart to QC’s formation! Meet Ben, pictured here with our founder, Armando Bernasconi.

Melissa and Armando Bernasconi moved into their home in downtown Flagstaff in 1999, with Armando’s college roommate Ben Sufcliffe. Ben had Cerebral Palsy. He was completely capable mentally, but had no control of his limbs and was not able to speak, walk or care for himself. Ben required total assistance with his physical needs – toileting, bathing and feeding.

The Bernasconis wanted to help give Ben access to the same life experiences that they got to enjoy. They took him everywhere, making sure he had the opportunity to do all the things that young people in their twenties do, including some activities that were frowned on by others at the time. Ben truly became part of the family.

Ben wanted two things in life more than anything: a girlfriend and a job. He wanted to be self-sufficient and pay his fair share of taxes. This became the mission of Quality Connections – to help people like Ben become independent, productive members of our community.

Quality Connections was formed, and Ben was hired as the Webmaster. His job was to upload products onto the website using his communication device. Several years later, Ben was married to the love of his life. Armando was his Best Man. Sadly, Ben passed away in June 2014, but his legacy lives on at QCoffice, which now helps many other people in pursuit of their employment dreams.
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The #TBT that truly holds the heart to QC’s formation! Meet Ben, pictured here with our founder, Armando Bernasconi. 

Melissa and Armando Bernasconi moved into their home in downtown Flagstaff in 1999, with Armando’s college roommate Ben Sufcliffe. Ben had Cerebral Palsy. He was completely capable mentally, but had no control of his limbs and was not able to speak, walk or care for himself. Ben required total assistance with his physical needs – toileting, bathing and feeding. 

The Bernasconis wanted to help give Ben access to the same life experiences that they got to enjoy. They took him everywhere, making sure he had the opportunity to do all the things that young people in their twenties do, including some activities that were frowned on by others at the time. Ben truly became part of the family. 

Ben wanted two things in life more than anything: a girlfriend and a job. He wanted to be self-sufficient and pay his fair share of taxes. This became the mission of Quality Connections – to help people like Ben become independent, productive members of our community. 

Quality Connections was formed, and Ben was hired as the Webmaster. His job was to upload products onto the website using his communication device. Several years later, Ben was married to the love of his life. Armando was his Best Man. Sadly, Ben passed away in June 2014, but his legacy lives on at QCoffice, which now helps many other people in pursuit of their employment dreams.

 

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Another day, another #TeamMemberTuesday! To start off our day, it’s our great pleasure to introduce you to Ms. Vicki Barber, our QClearning Director! Vicki has been a teacher all her life. At an early age she was diagnosed with polio. Her family helped her cope with this painful and debilitating condition by teaching her about others who overcame tremendous adversity, such as Helen Keller and Maria Montessori, who developed her innovative teaching techniques working with people with disabilities. Vicki learned more about the Montessori method as a teen, and after graduating from high school she attended college to study early childhood education. She taught and directed pre-school and kindergarten programs before opening her own school in California – Tender Loving Care Montessori. In 1992, she moved to Flagstaff where she continued teaching Montessori, and began applying its methods with adults with disabilities. In 2015, she joined Quality Connections to develop a program that combined her life’s passions: teaching people with disabilities and the Montessori method. Vicki lives in Flagstaff with her husband. They have three children and four grandchildren. ... See MoreSee Less

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