Lawrenceville, NJ, November 26, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Eden Autism Services, which has long been recognized as a national center of excellence in treating individuals with autism, is thrilled to announce that Gregory Benjamin, a 24-year old participant in Eden Autism Services Adult Employment Program is independently employed at Cooper Pest Solutions in Lawrenceville, NJ.
“This is very exciting for Greg and Eden,” says Eden Job Development Specialist Gary Bernhofer. “He is now the third participant in our program that works independently without a job coach.”
Eden’s Adult Employment program currently employs 100 adults with autism. Various job opportunities include center-based work such as mailings and assembly as well as community-based work in offices, convenience stores, movie theatres, and many other work places.
Benjamin works 15 hours a week for BedBug Central, an autonomous division of Cooper Pest Solutions. Each day, Benjamin fills orders which come in via the internet. His supervisor confirms the orders and gives Benjamin the approval to seal the box. In addition, Benjamin is responsible for transporting inventory, breaking down boxes and transporting them to the recycling dumpster. He also cuts felt, which is included with one of the items sold by BedBug Central.
“It is a pleasure to have Greg around,” said Phil Cooper, CEO of Cooper Pest Solutions. “He does amazing work and fits in seamlessly with the rest of our staff. His social interaction with his teammates is a sight to see. Part of our mission at Cooper is WOW our teammates and Greg does this time and again with his enthusiasm, determination and zero-defect performance in his activities.”
The success of Benjamin falls in line with Eden’s goal for each of its participants to reach their fullest potential and lead productive lives in their communities.
“Having our participants work independently is a dream come true, however, most of our participants will always need the guidance of a job coach,” says Bernhofer. “That being said, our participants are very hard workers who get each and every job done extremely well, in a timely manner and at a very reasonable cost. It is a win-win situation for everyone when you hire Eden workers.”
Eden Autism Services is a national center of excellence. Founded in 1975, Eden provides treatment for children and adults with autism through early intervention, education, employment training and residential services. Eden’s support and training programs for families and professionals are available on-site or via virtual technology. Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, Eden’s services extend throughout the United States with a satellite operation in Southwest Florida. For more information about Eden visit www.edenautismservices.org or call (609) 987-0099. You can follow Eden on Facebook and Twitter.