In Their Own Words

Advocacy is important

By Tal

I believe that communication is a human right.

If you don’t have communication, you can’t express yourself. If I need to be understood then I need to have a way to communicate my needs. I preferer to use fc to communicate my ideas and needs.

When I am understood people can help me with my needs and they can appreciate my ideas' It makes me feel good to know that I am understood and I can get the help I need. Advocacy Blogging in Learning about people.


Advocacy

By Gil

I am very good advocating for other people.

I was the key note speaker in a few conferences.

It was in the dare to dream conferences. This is a special conference for people with disabilities.

People with disabilities are special people and they have many abilities that can make them very successful in life.

I spoke about how I overcome my disability and became a better person.

I wanted to show them that it can e done even if you are disabled.

A good advocate should be very open minded and strong personality. He or she should be able to articulate their ideas and believes.

If you are good at advocating you may be invited to speak at a conference.

You can also try to write blogs and reach many people over the internet.

I feel good about being an advocate because I am helping others.

If I can do it should be possible for other people to do it. As long as you work hard and believe in yourself you have a good chance to become successful in life.


Andrew's best job

I like to work as a radiology assistant

In medical imaging I learned a lot.

I learned how to spot differences.

I find the difference in between pictures of x rays

I like working with Moish

I want to help catch cancer

A job where I save lives is a good job


Autism Community

Trey

When I’m around people at JoyDew, I feel happy because I get to make new friends easily. It feels like I’m in my childhood years again. It was hard during my middle school, high school, and college years because the people I tried to make friends or to find love with don’t understand my autism, they thought I was weird and awkward and it’s unfair. Being at JoyDew feels like a compensation for the loss because the people here understands my struggles and appreciates my talents. It feels great to be in a place where everyone is the same because it's fun being weird or different. If the world is normal, then it would be boring. It’s important to be in a group of people who are like me because If a person with autism or special needs is around normal people, they won’t fit in easy because they’ll be judged or rejected at any minute and feel isolated. Having an autism community makes JoyDew special because people need to understand or be aware of our disabilities before they are quick to judge. As Tupac Shakur said, “Measure a man’s actions fully from beginning to the end.”


Change can be difficult

By Gil

I don’t like change at all, and I like it when I know that is going to happen. If I don’t know what is going to happen, I am getting anxious. I prefer to know in advance what to expect. I do not always I know what to expect, and this makes me upset. If I know what to expect, and then I am more secure. My best way of being prepared is to talk to someone that can help me understand what to expect. I am very hopeful that in time I will learn to be more comfortable with change. If I was more used to change, I could go places and to be less worried about what I’m doing there. if I was less worried, I would have a lot more time happy.


Civil Rights

Trey

What civil rights mean to me is fighting for equality and freedom against hate, anger, racism, discrimination, sexism, violence and other circumstances. The most important civil rights for people with autism is bringing awareness about it. If they bring awareness, it’ll be easier for them to make friends and other people who are not on the spectrum will get a chance to learn and understand it. I can advocate for civil rights for myself and other people with autism by showing my blogs and showing videos that are related to autism. One of the classes in JoyDew where we practice expressing ourselves is Advocacy. In that class, I practice the skills of sharing my emotions.


The decade of hope

By Danny

I am very excited about the next decade.

It is going to be a very important decade because it will show the results of my hard work in school and JoyDew.

I am hoping that my results will be that I can start working in the field of pattern recognition.

It will be wonderful if I can move out of my mom’s house and live by myself.

I am very excited about the possibilities for the next decade.

I plan to work as hard as I can to achieve ,my goals.


The next decade

By Douglas

I am not sure if the next decade will be as good as I hope.

I am hoping for some real changes in my life. I want to be employed and I want to be married and I want to be a father.

I don’t know if that will happen but I sure hope so.

I will work very hard to find a job and a girl friend. I will do my best to be the best I can.

I think that the last decade was very hard for me. I was not happy because I couldn’t express myself.

You may think this is not a big deal but it is a very big deal.

But now I use fc to communicate on the computer and it is the most pleasant to be ab le to be able to be heard and tell other people how you feel.

I am hoping everyone will have a very happy new year.


Group Poetry

By Trey, Doug, Elliott

Love Is Hard

It Is Hard To Love Yourself.

Love Is Like A Storm Of Happiness In A Rainbow.

Love Is Kisses In The Morning.

Love Is Kisses For The Sleep.

Love Is A Beauty Of Light We Are Trying To Find In A Shadow Of Darkness.

Love Is JoyDew.

Love Feels Like A Visit In Heaven.

Love Is In The Air Always.


By Chris, Julian, Tal

Friends Means Friendship To Me.

Friends Means Hugs In The Moon.

Friends Are Walking With Your Hand.

Do Friends Love Like Me.

Friends Are Everything.

It Is The Good Times And The Bad.

Friends Make Me Calm.

Friends Do Are The Best Thing In The World.


By Danny Gil, Jonathan

Joydew is a place to learn

I am the very best at JoyDew

JoyDew is the learning place

I go here to be my best

I show the world how smart I am

I am the master of destiny here

Greatest place during my life


By Christian, AE, Dov, Mark

I love the color blue

Blue is the color of the sky

Blue is the color of sad

Blue shadows run fast

Blue flowers in spring

My Yamaka Is blue

I love the color because is sad


Inspiration

By Julian

I INSPIRE MYSELF. I WORK REALLY HARD. I HAVE OVERCOME A LOT OF THINGS I AM A SMART GUY I CAN DO A LOT. I AM A GREAT SWIMMING ATHLETE. I AM ALWAYS LEARNING. I LIKE TO READ COMPLEX BOOKS. I AM WORKING TOWARDS BEING THE BEST JULIAN I CAN BE. PEOPLE CAN BE INSPIRED BY MY WORK. I AM STILL WORKING ON BEING CALM. I KEEP WORKING ON MYSELF. IT HELPS YOU TO FIND IDEAS FROM WORKING ON THE COMPUTER. COMPUTERS MOTIVATE ME TO WORK HARD. COMPUTERS INSPIRE ME WITH ALL THE INFORMATION IT HAS. TECHNOLOGY GIVES ME WORK TO LEARN. TEAHNOLOGY IS A GOOD WAY TO LEARN AND TO COMMUNICATE. I WANT TO DO PAINT ON THE LINE.


My inspiration

Dov

Miami Boys chore is an inspiration to me.

The Mami Boys choir makes me want to be a better singer and keyboardist.

The choir makes beautiful music and I want too as well.

This choir encourages me to be my best musician.


The job training at JoyDew

By Chris

The very best job for me is finding patterns. This is the job of pattern recognition.

I like to do the fun jobs like cybersecurity.

I do computer health checks to make sure the computer is updated.

I am great at all the jobs I try, because I want to have a job.

I want to be like my family and have a job.

It is really hard idea for other people to learn that I am thinking critically. They are dead wrong to think I am not smart.

I am going to be very good at my job because I am very motivated, and I want to succeed in my life and become independent.

The good news is that I am very smart and very responsible.

These are qualities that can help a person be a good employee.

It will be the accomplishment of my life and I will be very proud about it.

In the future there will be many people with autism that will work in many jobs and show the world that we are smart and capable people. It is all because of the hard work we are doing at JoyDew and the training we get there.


Job Experience

Trey

The job I am most interested at JoyDew is robotics. I love robotics because robots can be used to build and improve things. Such as, helping people like veterans who lost their limbs or children with cancer, entertainment like music or movies, and for protection like having a security alarm at home. The job I’m also interested in is JoyDew or being a part of a JoyDew community. I wanted to stay at JoyDew because not only am I comfortable in a peaceful environment full of people who are friendly and understands my autism, I also want to bring awareness about it to help others with special needs and disabilities. What I need to do in order to be able to find those jobs is to research videos and learn the history about robotics and special needs & disabilities. Even though I know how to read, I’m mostly a visionary. I learn things from movies, TV, & the internet whether it’s a documentary or an educational show. The kind of training I think is important for robotics is practicing skills on judgement and decision making, complex problem solving, & persistence. Also, the kind of training I think is important for being a part of a JoyDew community is learning to be a good leader.


Job Blog

By Mark

I am
happy
To learn.
Opening
Meeting
Movement walk in the morning.
I like job training of cyber security.
It is nice to have support and training.
I like doing smart things.
I like doing challenging stuff.
I can be a good worker.


My Dream Career

Christian

I Enjoy Using a Computer to Work on my own. it’s important to focus on my work. Having friends sometimes gives me a Headache, however I am better today. Ideas for jobs are Librarian, Accountant, Lawyer, Blogger, Archaeologist, Journalist, Computer Programmer, chef, or a Secretary. I would like to be a Computer Programmer the most. I will do my work responsibly. I will go to work on time. I will Program Robots. The robots will build cars. My job will be to program the robots and make sure that the robots are working


Music Is Fun To Play.

By Antonio

I Like To Play Music With Family.

I Like To Play Piano.

I Like To Learn New Songs.

Music Is An Old Thing Everyone Loves.

I Like To Learn About Music In School.

Everyone Likes Music.

I Want To Play Guitar And Flute.

Playing An Instrument Makes You Feel Good.

Music Can Help You Relax.

I Also Play Word Games To Relax.

Life Is Stressful.

Everyone Needs Time To Relax.

We Can Learn A Lot From Music.


Just good things in my life.

By Jonathan

I doing now the best ever works.

Just I'm the very best the radiologist assistant.

Now I'm much more independent in my session.

I'm saving lives by helping Moish find where the cancer may be.

Now I helped find the day programs in Bergen for people with autism.

This was big for me to find the big list and I make it small.

I can just have the job that I am skilled in.

I think I'm ready to have a job at JoyDew every day.

I am the good hardworking man that's ready to show my best skills.

I want my mom have faith in me and JoyDew.


Music is a Language

Elliott

I think that music Is silly. It is fun to play music. I think that music is the language of the soul. In music you use your feelings to make the beat. I think there are musicians who make music from their feelings. Yes really good music comes from within your mind and feelings. My now go to music is JoyDew music, it’s my favorite.


Job goal

By Douglas

I want to have a job that is challenging for me.

I think the best job for me is the pattern recognition.

I am a very good employee that can perform good work if I am given the opportunity.

I want to have a money from the job.

If I have a job I can be like all other adults.

I want to do the best job I can to be a hard worker.

I am improving myself by try to relax and tell others what my body is feeling.

If I master my emotions, I can be the best man for the job.

I show my leadership, and employment to help the demonstrate the signs in class.
This makes me feel proud of myself.


Music as a language

By Gil

I think that music is a language.

It is a language because it talks without speaking.

You can tell stories that are only in sounds.

From classical music to modern electronic music they don't use singing.

These genres can tell their stories that are just as important to tell.

It shows that you can tell stories with just sound.

I think that the music the way to tell your thoughts if you can't talk.

You can show others happy songs for when your happy.

You can have other songs for other great times.

You can have a song for each of the zones, red, green, blue, and yellow.

That way you can always tell others how I feel because feelings are hard to tell others.


My progress

By Elliott

I am very fond with JoyDew because i am doing very good job in class, and I think I made a good job in going to classes every day.

I made a great progress in being able to be quiet in class. Before I couldn't sit in class because I was very loud all the time. Now that I am quiet i can be in class, and participate in the activities. the reason I can be quiet now is that i can type my thoughts. It is a big difference then before. I am feeling very good about it.

I need to be able to move on from being vocal very fast to not being vocal at all.

I am going to work very hard on being less vocal. I think that it will be helpful if I can type more in class to being quiet.


The change is what you want it to be

By Jonathan

I am very much a person that knows what change is all about.

I had many changes in my life.

I moved from one program to another many times.

You may think that it is not a big deal but for me it is.

I am not always feeling good about changing programs because I don't know what it is going to be like.

But once I am there I feel ok if the people are nice.

I am also in the right state of mind to try new things. If I like it then I feel good about it.

If I don't like it then I am not happy.

I hope you are understanding my reasons.


Short flash fiction

By Danny

The best thing that you can find in this world is love. Then you're happy. love is a jar of honey but its full of bees.

I will find love when I am where the world ends. I will be finding all my wishes in faces of my family. They could fill the world with love.


Sleep

By Andrew

I would like to get more sleep.

I get distracted by YouTube.

my brain work overtime at night.

Sometimes I think about Basketball

When I wake up, I feel grouchy

It's hard for me to have conversations when I'm tired


The take control method

By Gil

It is very important to be able to be a good example when you are trying to help someone else. You need to be calm and collected when you are trying to help.

I am developing a good way to help others by showing example. I consider it a strong progress and I am hoping to be able to become a team leader at joydew.

If someone is not doing so well it is important to help then be calm by being calm yourself.

The trick is to stay calm so you show good example to the other person.

A good leader needs to be in control and not get upset.

To be able to be a good leader is a very important skill and I think I got it.

Sometimes I feel that I can't control myself because I can't stand the noise that someone makes.

Then I try to move away from that person so I will not get upset. After I move away I feel that I can control myself again and that I am ready to go back and help.


My progress

Douglas

I will tell you about how I have grown over the year.

I have been a different man since last year.

I'm much happier I also focused on my classes.

I just able to stay in class, if I know the class

I am happier because I'm learning to the typing with mom.

I am the more in I independent at joydew and at home.

It's the best to be Independent.

I get to feel like the a now it's the grown man I know I am.

In the next year I want to help teach ASL.

I think I work well the teaching assistant because I am good at signing.

I am going to teach my dad to sign most important signs.


The Change Effect

By Chris

You are not ready for any change unless you are starting it already.

You should be very aware of the difference in life experiences to feel comfortable with the changes.

I think it is not about the time the change is happening but more about what the change is.

I am always aware of the change that is coming when it is coming.

I once was in another program and then I moved to JoyDew. First, I was very worried but with time I became comfortable, so I felt better.

The thing that made me feel comfortable was the people that were here to help me get to know the classes and the schedule, so I felt much better very soon.

The other thing that helped me was the fact that I really liked the people and the activities. Really life is hard but with knowledge you can do anything you imagine, it can happen. I think everyone is doing the things that change their lives.

On the new changes it can be tough to know to react well to the change. It is the way you learn about it you can really change your life. It is all your lifetime to find new doings and new things. I think everyone can celebrate change.


Piano

By Dov

In my life I started playing the piano.

I hate practicing the piano

Trap music is my favorite.

I like trap music.

Piano gives my brain exercise.

Piano teaches your patience.

I like to play piano and sing.

I like to play music for my friends.

Music makes me feel good.

Music helps me feel closer to Hashem.

Music is fun with Abba and Momma.

Piano music is pretty to listen to.

I want to play more music.

I would like to see a piano concert.

I'm finished


The change is what you want it to be

By Jonathan

I am very much a person that knows what change is all about.

I had many changes in my life.

I moved from one program to another many times.

You may think that it is not a big deal but for me it is.

I am not always feeling good about changing programs because I don't know what it is going to be like.

But once I am there I feel ok if the people are nice.

I am also in the right state of mind to try new things. If I like it then I feel good about it.

If I don't like it then I am not happy.

I hope you are understanding my reasons.


Sleep

Douglas

I think that sleep is better for your brain, and it’s worse to stay awake all the time. when I get enough to sleep, I am happy and ready to work. if I don't get enough sleep it’s hard to focus and I am grumpy. I go to sleep every night at the same time. it helps me to have a bedtime that is the same. I’m going to sleep at the same time it helps me to fall asleep. I am a very heavy sleeper and doing my routine helps me to go to bed fast. I think that everyone should have a bed routine, so they get enough sleep, and stopping the grumpiness.


The dog and the underdog

By Tal

The dog was under the tree.

The underdog was under the other dog.

The two dogs were in the forest.

The forest was in the abord of the world.

The world was in the great universe.

So the first dog was the last to leave the universe.


The path to employment

By Danny

I am very happy to be trained to work in a program that gives me the opportunity to become employed.

I am not sure if I will start working this year or the following year. It depends on what job I can get through JoyDew.

I am very motivated to a future of working and being independent.

I am trying to be as responsible as I can. It is not always easy.


The Important Work

By Matthew

I feel great. I have learned about a lot of different Job Trainings like Cyber Security, Robotics, Social Media, Budgeting, Medical Imaging, Pattern Recognition, Leadership and Mentorship. It is fun and I always feel happy. I had a lot of time to double check my work. I am very focused when I work. I like having staff here to help me. I enjoy working with my friends. I like working on math problems. I like solving problems in math and at Pattern Recognition. With Mentorship class, I am learning how to help others, learning to make positive rules for myself to follow. Learning to be a leader helps me be responsible and learning about how good I can be makes me happy. Learning a good job can show how smart I am. My friends will be proud of me, my mom and dad will be happy when I get a job and I am happy I get exposed to lots of job training. I feel proud I did an excellent job on the contract, I am happy my strengths are being used, I know I can keep adding to my resume and I am an important member of my team.


Working on the job

By Tal

I am ready to be employed. I have been training to be a radiologist assistant for the last few months and I feel that I am ready to begin my employment. It is the best feeling to know that I can help other people. My first choice is to be the breast cancer screener. By doing that I can help save lives.

Hopefully it will be my job for a very long time.

I will be responsible employee. I will show to work on time. I will finish all my work the best I can.

My goal is to perform good and be the best employee possible.

I will try to remember to keep time and leave the work only when I finish everything that need to be done. If I need a break I will use it to regulate and get back in focus.

I believe it is possible to accomplish my goals by following these rules.


The tree and me

By Danny

Under the tree I was sitting alone.

It is the quietest place in the world.

You may think I am not happy but I am.


Voting.

By Danny

The voting rights are good to use, and you have to know your rights. I think very good for everyone to choose the next leader. Not good to not do the voting for the time there is an election. The leaders need to help the others. Voting tells the good guys what to do. Jin teaches about history of voting.

I want,

To keep voting and learning about how to be more productive citizen. The certainty of the future up to the citizens to do it by voting.


Working adult

By Gil

I am a very motivated person that can be good employee. Finally, I am ready to start working. I am ready to start being a radiologist assistant.

It is a very good job for me because I like to help people. The most important thing is to be responsible and work as hard as you can.

The other thing that is very important is to remember that you can achieve anything you want by doing the best you can and dream high.

I am in a good place in my life where I can get to accomplish my dream to become a productive adult.

I am very happy about the future because it is the time that people with autism can become part of the working force of the modern world. If people with autism can become employed then they can be more independent and can support themselves.

To be independent means to live by yourself and support yourself financially.

I am the best person to accomplish my dream because I am smart and hardworking individual.

I am looking forward to my future and I believe it is going to be bright.