Meet Joshua – Transition To Work

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Internal Musings To One’s Self

My name is Joshua Parise; I’m an eighteen year old with autism. I am currently engaging in activities within Novita, specifically working on the Transition to Work program. It’s a great opportunity for people to learn the new skills needed to be productive in society. I grew up in the South Australian suburb of Mawson Lakes, and I still reside there with my family and my pet dog named Leia. My hobbies include playing and watching sports, my favourite being Baseball. I also enjoy collecting vinyl records, watching live football and soccer, as well as learning history and playing Video games.

I’m at the Transition to Work program to develop my ability to communicate with others in a positive way. One of my goals in life is to learn how to correctly formulate writing and communication with others. I hope this current path will guide me to a long and fruitful career as a writer and or an electronic librarian.

I hope to progress to a point where I’ll no longer need or want the assistance that this school leaver program currently provides me. By the day, my social skills slowly improve from constantly being in the presence of others and their diverse personalities.

One of my greatest challenges is my tendency to lack patience at times. I believe that participating in this program with the many different personalities I come across will help me develop my patience. It’s a useful tool to have because it will help me understand and listen as well as keep my sometimes venomous tongue holstered. And these skills are greatly needed in a constructive and civil workplace which I aspire to be a part of.

Find out more about Novita’s Transition to Work program designed for young people living with disability that have employment-related goals.