Gaining Independence, Building Skills lisadanford November 14, 2022

Gaining Independence, Building Skills

Zachary Worsham is celebrating his two-year anniversary at Quaker Steak and Lube. Worsham, 21, landed this job while in the Project LIFE program at Butler Tech. “I like to make the dishes clean and the people are nice,” he said.

Worsham had job development and coaching from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to build on the job skills he learned at Kings Island in 2019. He works 10-12 hours per week at the restaurant, and his manager said he is always ready for work with a smile on his face.

Sometimes Worsham needs time to process change, and his mom provides verbal reminders. He can also lean on his coworkers when he needs assistance.

“I like that Zach has something to do and care about,” said his mom, Tori. “He is also learning to be social and gain some independence and responsibility.”

Worsham enjoys working and said he would like to find another part-time job or participate in social activities.

A young man stands outside a Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant. He is an employee and wearing a black shirt.