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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

 
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Angels in our Midst (Lyle's Story)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
For people with disabilities, finding a job can be especially challenging. But, there are businesses that willingly open that door of opportunity and that sets up a winning combination for success.

This is Lyle's story:

Lyle Frazier, Librarian's Assistant;  "I've been working here for seven years and my job title is a Librarian's Assistant."

Lyle;  "I shelve books.  I straighten my shelves and I help patrons,  And I check in and out people and I did something new like routing in."

Lyle Frazier shows up for work at the downtown branch of the library every single day with a smile on his face and an attitude to match.  He volunteered at the Workman Middle School and UWF libraries before he was given this opportunity for a paying job and his first paycheck.

Lyle;  "It was exciting."

Lyle has a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome a disorder on the Autism spectrum and that might have kept some employers from giving him a chance.  With the help of his job coach at ARC Gateway and the library management, a door was opened to him and Lyle walked and fit  -- right in.

Jennifer Grover, ARC Gateway Employment Specialist;  He is friendly to everyone; never meets a stranger and hardworking, reliable, dependable, honest.

Lewis Stockham, Lyle's co-worker;  "What I love is when people come up, we actually have some people that will wait to let Lyle check their books in or check stuff out to them because he's always so pleasant, so happy, he just makes everybody's day."

Lyle is also going to Pensacola State College to get his GED.  He recently took a money management course and takes what he learned to heart.

Lyle;  "Use credit cards wisely. I save a little some money here and there and I do some shopping but don't go overboard."

Right now, Lyle works part-time so he has to stay on a pretty tight budget but it is more than the paycheck that means so much to him.

Lyle;  "The people I work with and the environment. I love the new building.
I like that it's updated."

Jennifer; " Lyle's job is everything to him.  So, he would work seven days a week, everyday, 24 hours a day if he could."

And so far as any differences all anyone sees is a smile and an excellent employee.
  
Lewis;  "Oh, I mean, we just consider him another co-worker.  Everybody adores him.  I don't think anybody here even thinks about him like that."

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