Do you understand your child’s talents?
I found this wonderful article about a father who was really attuned to his autistic son’s talent and how now made a business for him. I think we sometimes have trouble really listening and seeing what talents our children have. You just have to read this to see what a wonderful opportunity this father has provided his son.
Autistic man’s gift for IKEA assembly turns into business
By: Laurie Monsebraaten Social justice reporter, Published on Fri Jan 17 2014
An Edmonton father starts a business with his 24-year-old son, who can’t read or talk but can figure out how to put together complex furniture.
The next time you are cursing the assembly instructions for an IKEA desk or bookshelf, you will wish you were living in Edmonton.
Residents in the Alberta capital can hire Brad Fremmerlid, a 24-year-old man with severe autism who can build anything.
Although he doesn’t read or speak, Fremmerlid has an amazing ability to understand the most complex diagrams, blueprints and pictorial instructions.
And for a small fee — currently about $20 — he will build any piece of furniture in your home.
“Everyone tells us we should be charging more, but we’re not really looking for money,” said his father, Mark Fremmerlid, an air ambulance pilot, who launched the business for his son this month. “We just want him to have something meaningful to do.
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