Happy as Larry with job on the buses

NEW IN­TERN AMAZES WITH RE­CALL POWER

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Pranesh Nagesh­war

LIKE the char­ac­ter in the movie Rain Man, Larry Dela Cruz as­ton­ishes his work­mates at Pen­rith’s Busways de­pot with his su­perb re­call.

Mr Dela Cruz, 20, of Glen­den­ning, who has autism, is an in­tern in the con­trol room and baf­fles his new col­leagues with his ex­tra­or­di­nary power of re­call for bus routes, codes and maps.

Busways op­er­a­tions con­troller Terry Lee said: “It’s only his third day here, if I need to know some­thing I just ask Larry, which makes me look stupid. He knows the routes bet­ter than me.”

Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Aus­tralia ar­ranged Mr Dela Cruz’s in­tern­ship through its tran­si­tion to work pro­gram.

Mr Dela Cruz said he en­joyed work­ing at Busways be­cause he trans­port.

“I’m very happy here,” he said. “This is my dream job.”

De­pot man­ager Rod­ney Kennedy said Busways first gave Mr Dela Cruz an in­tern­ship last year at its larger de­pot in Black­town.

Mr Kennedy said Mr Dela Cruz would soon be work­ing twice a week.

“He’s taken to the job like a duck to wa­ter,” he said.

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