Hotel closure a loss for autistic male
I would very much like to comment on the closing of the Bay Roberts Hotel and restaurant.
My 24-year-old autistic son Shawn Dawson has been working in the restaurant for the past 15 months with Rod Delaney and staff. When hired, Rod could have hired anyone but decided that what his restaurant needed was someone with a disability and a love for their work. So he hired Shawn and got more than he expected.
Shawn started with no experience or training and Rod took him under his wing and taught him everything he needed to know to work in a very busy kitchen. He is part of a family. He works extremely hard and is very dependable.
He has learned to trust his coworkers and he has also learned to laugh at many of Rod’s foolish jokes, which is remarkable because Shawn is mostly non-verbal and doesn’t always understand what is being said. It takes him a long time to process what is being said.
He is a bright light in the kitchen. He makes everyone smile and enjoy their jobs. He loves his job. He is part of a family and he is making his own money.
All I have ever wanted for Shawn was to have a job, enjoy it and work hard. This is what he has and losing it is going to be a big step backwards.
Please let me comment in your paper to let people know that closing this establishment would be such a major setback for my beautiful son. Thank you. It is such a sad day for me.