#FacesOfAbilityFriday – Jason B.
This week on #FacesOfAbilityFriday we’re featuring Jason B. Jason lives in one of MORA’s residential homes. Jason sat down with Nikki and Kaylee, who have both worked with him, and they all talked about what makes Jason so awesome.
Jason works at Workabilities. He does a few jobs there, including assembling cards by putting them in their sleeves, and sorting and packaging screws. He also gets to participate in a bunch of different recreational activities, both at the Workabilities building and out in the community. Jason goes to parks in the cities and Twins Games, just to name a few of the spots.
Jason is close to his family. He grew up in the Osseo/Maple Grove area and has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He sees his family on a regular basis and is close to them.
Jason enjoys traveling but hasn’t had the opportunity to do a whole lot of it. He would like to do more of it and mentioned a desire to travel to Wisconsin Dells. Jason enjoys swimming, and since the Dells has a lot of water parks, he’d have many opportunities to go for a swim there! Jason also likes to go to the McGregor property that MORA owns. He enjoys camping with his housemates and said that he’d like to take a trip back to McGregor again.
Kaylee and Nikki had some awesome things to say about Jason. According to Kaylee, Jason is “hilarious.” She said that Jason loves to be around her, and that this is something she loves and that makes her happy as a staff. She also said he has a unique personality, which is one of her favorite things about him. Nikki said that Jason’s excitement is contagious. You can always tell if Jason is excited because he’s smiling, laughing a lot, and bopping around the house or wherever he happens to be at.
When we asked Jason what he thinks he’s best at, he said “making cards.” Kaylee thinks Jason is best at playing sports. He plays basketball, bowling, and track and field on a Special Olympics team. And Jason is so good, he’s brought home a bunch of first place medals in recent years! Nikki thinks Jason is best at making friends and being social. He’s always ready to talk to new people and wants to meet people and does a great job of forming relationships.
Jason is involved in his community in a few ways. He attends church at Christ for People on a regular basis. Jason has made friends there and has also been involved in things like the church’s Christmas pageant. He’s active in Special Olympics. And he’s also out and about a LOT. Kaylee said that Jason is always talking to people when he’s out, and that he makes sure to offer assistance with things when he thinks someone might need it. Since he’s been so involved in his community over his life, he’s made a lot of connections, and Kaylee said that any time they are out, Jason always runs into someone he knows.
Quick facts about Jason:
Jason loves crab pasta salad. This is hands down his favorite thing to eat. He helps to make it each time they have it at home.
He loves to watch TV and movies. Jason’s favorite programs include M*A*S*H, Andy Griffith, Roseanne, Full House, and game shows.
Music is another thing Jason loves! He enjoys listening to Kool 108, Hip Hop, and R&B.
When it’s time to relax, Jason likes to watch TV or lie down and rest under his weighted blanket.
Jason’s favorite Holiday is Christmas. He loves the music!