bowling green, kaiTwo unique individuals are making a difference on the campus of Western Kentucky University, one bookstore deal at a time.
“I like interacting with other people, so it’s a pretty decent job here,” said Noah Thomas.
Holly and Noah are both WKU Bookstore employees. Both are autistic.
“I want to prove that people with disabilities like me can work like normal people,” said Noah.
They are employed through LifeWorks.
“I really wanted to work here, but through the program Lifeworks, I actually got this dream job!” said Holly Fortier.
LifeWorks is a two-year program for youth with autism and others with learning differences that prepares them for employment and independent living.
Lifeworks Director of Personal Development Hendricks Brakefield said:
Holly and Noah have many responsibilities at the bookstore, including calling customers, organizing inventory, and learning about new products.
“If something new comes out, I want to learn everything so I can understand how it works,” said Noah.
The pair hope to inspire others with autism and show them that they can do anything they set their minds to.
“It’s best not to think of autism as a disability like I can’t do this….we can lead by example,” Holly said.