March 21st is World Down’s Syndrome day, and April is autism awareness month. We think this is a great time to hand the mic to those who are either living with Down’s and autism, or who dedicate their time to creating an inclusive society. Our second spotlight is with Kim – read her story below.
We’ll be posting regular profiles like Kim’s on our website and sharing on social media, so make sure you’ve liked us! And don’t forget to make a #stepupwithsteps pledge to help create a society where more people like Kim can find work – (read more about our #stepupwithsteps campaign here) we are spotlighting some of the incredible people we work alongside everyday.
Kim Chandler is 45 years old. She was a trainee at Steps for 4 years. Now she works at Theera Healthy Bake Room to help in the kitchen, serve customers, prepare takeaway boxes, help with English speaking customers.
“I’m 45 years old. I love baking, cooking and swimming. I love my work – work helps me concentrate with what I’m doing.” she said
You can also find Kim at our Ekamai 10 branch too where she is often helping out in the kitchen.
“I do many things at Steps. On the first day I started working here, they just put me in the kitchen! I learned a lot from here, it’s a good thing.”
“All staff are very nice to me and I have lots of friends. Steps is a nice place, I care about people here. I’m happy with that.”
If you get chatting to Kim, she may share with you that she’s an Olympic medal winner for swimming, and that her mum was the founder and artist behind the much loved Nancy Chandler cards and maps.
Don’t forget to join #stepsupwithsteps campaign with us and make a pledge about how you can stepup over the next year for this community. This can be big or small – every action counts!
Keep your eyes peeled for more stories from other trainees!