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“Not just friends, not just trainees and job coaches, here at Steps we are ‘family’ who are always ready to accept, understand and support each other.”
– Pear, Bangkok team.
Our goal is to give our trainees a great future
We believe our trainees deserve the best, so we’re really proud to have built an outstanding team of professionals here at Steps. It’s not just that we share a personal passion to achieve our mission. Everyone, from our vocational trainers to our team of therapists, is qualified to the highest standard, and our vocational training programme is UK-accredited. We have won a number of awards in recognition of our dedication and expertise.
Max Simpson – CEO/Founder
I have been working with the neurodiverse community for the past 15 years and the longer I work alongside this community, the more evidence I have that they are value adding employees to any business.
Originally from the UK, I have worked in a variety of settings including learning support departments and with young people in care. I then went on to focus on transition to employment before moving to Bangkok and becoming deputy head of a special needs school.
After working there for 4 years, I saw the gap between education and employment and the need for transition services for people with special needs. I believe partnership is the key to creating a more inclusive society.
What I love about Steps: It is more than a training centre or coffee shop, it is a safe community space for all which promotes individuality. The community we work with have so many skills to offer and I love seeing them get the opportunity to do that in our real work environments.
Uang Hotrakitya – Director of Partnerships/Founder
Uang’s qualifications: BA and MA in International Relations, MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability, Diploma in Patisserie and Thai Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School
From my work at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to opening several coffee shops and co-founding Steps, I believe workplaces and society benefit hugely from inclusion. Social enterprise is a powerful tool to help create systemic impact for the neurodiverse community.
Providing employment opportunities for young neurodiverse adults is a topic close to my heart and something that is lacking in Bangkok. I am excited to see the many positive outcomes for our trainees and help them step towards a more independent and fulfilling future.
What I love about Steps: I love seeing our coffee shop staff develop into job coaches and advocates for our mission.
Yim’s qualifications: MSc Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice
I found my interest in developmental psychology when three of my middle school classmates were children with special needs.
With a supportive environment from an inclusive school, I saw the different ways my friends interacted to the world and their ability to go beyond expectations. I pursued my passion in young people’s psychological growth through my higher education and career.
What I love about Steps: I believe in the vision of being an inclusive community, starting within a small coffee shop. With hands-on experience in a real-life working environment and collaborative support from staff, I can actually see the positive changes happening among all Steps trainees, which is the most rewarding part of my job.
Working with the neurodivergent community has continuously been my passion since I was inspired by an amazing boy 6 years ago in a piano class.
Having received M.Sc. in Mental Health and certification in applied behavior analysis, I have provided behavioral therapy and special education to children and young people at a special learning center and in a school environment.
Now at Steps , I continue to work with my favourite people, facilitating and coaching them in all the functional skills they need for living, and for making their dream jobs come true.
What I love about Steps: Not just friends, not just trainees and job coaches, here at Steps we are ‘family’ who are always ready to accept, understand and support each other.
Kik – Junior Job Coach
Nat Eiamsataporn – Job Coach
Pop’s qualifications: BSc Psychology
What I love about working at Steps:I always feel delighted when seeing any progress in a trainee’s work and improvement in their psychological well-being because any small step means a big one in the future!
Working at Steps not only gives me knowledge and experience, but also a new perspective towards an inclusive community that I wish it would be highlighted more in school and workplace. My vision of a promising future for neurodivergent people becomes clearer, and I am very happy to join Steps community.
Dipika Ratnaphat Mangal
Dipika qualifications: BSc/MA in Occupational Therapy
April’s qualifications: MA Disability Studies (specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis ABA)
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