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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-28-2005, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Unbelievable

So our company is involved in this program called "Project Search." This is where we hire people with certiain disabilities (downsyndrome, torretts etc) for tasks that they can do. Oftentimes, it works out really great.

One of our functions is data entry. Someone sits at a desk and enters loan numbers into a system. They get the numbers off of documents like mortgages, title policies, loan mods etc. So they have to sort the documents and enter in the loan numbers.

Someone like you or me would look at a document, enter the number, set the document down, go to the next one etc... to the tune of about 400 documents per day. We now have a project search employee, and I'm not sure what he has but he is kind of like "rainman" if you've seen the movie. So, he can take a STACK of documents, flip through them all 50 to 75 of them really fast (remember these loan numbers are 10 digits long) then key them in flawlessly. A true photographic memory. To watch him is unbelievable. Not to mention, he processes like 3 times the amount of what you or I could do per day.

From a management perspective, he should be great as well. Typically, project search employees are never attendance issues, and are always very focused at work. So I guess the moral of the story is, you cant judge a book by the cover


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The facility I work at is home to over 300 mentally retarded adults that are either "severely" or "profoundly" retarded. After seeing what some of them are capable of, I've learned that just because someone is retarded, it doesn't mean they are stupid. They might not be able to cope on their own in our society, but some of them posess skill that none of us could hope to have. Strange how the mind (even a damaged one) works.


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just wait till he flips through there and memorizes SS numbes :laugh


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he would make a great card counter


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That's great to hear your company doing such things.....



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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-28-2005, 08:31 AM
 
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That's pretty amazing... how much more advanced someone is compared to the average joe, yet to everyone else so less advanced.

You hit it on the head when you said you can't judge a book by its cover
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I think its awesome that your company does that, more info:

idiot savant (ID-ee-uht sa-VAHNT) noun

A person with autism or some other mental disability who is exceptionally gifted in a highly specialized field, such as math (rapid mental calculation) or music (ability to play a complex piece of music after hearing it only once).

This term is now outdated. Autistic savant is the current term.

this link is good: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/b...t?OpenDocument
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cool hearing that your company allows these people to fill a needed capacity in the first place.......they also have the auto feeling of wanting to contribute to society in some way and its really cool when companies likes yours helps these people do that Phil....good on ya and your company

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i would be taking him under my wing and seeing how well he does at counting blackjack deals or predicting the roulette wheel.
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I wish he was with me last weekend in Vegas.
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So our company is involved in this program called "Project Search." This is where we hire people with certiain disabilities (downsyndrome, torretts etc) for tasks that they can do. Oftentimes, it works out really great.

One of our functions is data entry. Someone sits at a desk and enters loan numbers into a system. They get the numbers off of documents like mortgages, title policies, loan mods etc. So they have to sort the documents and enter in the loan numbers.

Someone like you or me would look at a document, enter the number, set the document down, go to the next one etc... to the tune of about 400 documents per day. We now have a project search employee, and I'm not sure what he has but he is kind of like "rainman" if you've seen the movie. So, he can take a STACK of documents, flip through them all 50 to 75 of them really fast (remember these loan numbers are 10 digits long) then key them in flawlessly. A true photographic memory. To watch him is unbelievable. Not to mention, he processes like 3 times the amount of what you or I could do per day.

From a management perspective, he should be great as well. Typically, project search employees are never attendance issues, and are always very focused at work. So I guess the moral of the story is, you cant judge a book by the cover


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