Tucked away in the corner of the Eudora Welty Library, sits a classroom. It’s where Ruth Jinkiri spends her mornings tailoring lesson plans to fit each specific need for all of her clients and students.
Each of her students from age 5 to nearly 60 have some form of autism or disability.
Ruth Jinkiri is the autism supervisor, “I really believe that there is a lot within each and every one with autism and other special needs that is hidden right there, and we have to try so many different ways to get it out. With each one of them something positive is coming out but with time, but it’s happening.”
The Autism Center started more than 4 years ago, it’s free of charge, and allows the person with autism to learn and grow. The parents and caregivers don’t leave empty handed, though. “I have so many parents and caregivers that are willing to learn and some of them don’t know what to do, so when they come here as much l am teaching them I am learning from them too,” says Jinkiri
Caring for someone with autism is a job that requires patience and understanding, “some days I try and it doesn’t work then tomorrow I come up with something it might not work and then the third day I’ll come up with something and it’ll work.” And a job that’s fueled by Ruth’s passion, “I love what I’m doing and this is where I see myself.”
Last month Ruth had nearly 200 people in the autism program.