In 2018, we had the good fortune to hire our Production Assistant, Reid Hall. We were introduced to Reid by April Lynch, a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at Virginia Commonwealth University's Rehabilitation, Research, and Training Center. April saw one of our postings on the VCU job board and thought that Reid would be a good fit. We met Reid, talked with him about the job responsibilities, and gave him the opportunity to try some routine production tasks. We were immediately struck by his sunny disposition, his willingness to take instruction, and his attention to detail. We enthusiastically offered him the job.
Reid has autism. Part of April's responsibility, as his vocational counselor, was to find him a supportive workplace and lay the groundwork for his success. In the beginning, April came to work with Reid every day. She helped him learn his new job skills and helped us understand the best ways to work with Reid. In a few weeks, Reid no longer needed April's additional supervision and support. He was well equipped to take on a wide variety of production tasks and had already demonstrated that he could do his job well. We were thrilled with his progress and confident that he would succeed. He has. We are grateful every day for Reid's contributions and proud that he's on our team. Here's Reid telling his own story about his work at Rivanna: