A charismatic south metro man with autism is a bit of a legend at Chrestomathy, Inc, with a past laden with aggression. Other people have gotten hurt.
But staff didn’t give up on Aaron Lind, who came here right out of high school in 2001, explains Program Director Chris Pritchard at the nonprofit’s Dakota County site in Burnsville. Now in his late 30s, Lind is thriving in a community-based program, and at work.
What’s his secret, his outlet, his focus? Lind writes glowing letters with requests to companies on Fridays.
The idea, Pritchard said, fed the goal of motivating him to show up for work five days a week. “We don’t care if he burns the building down. On Friday afternoon, he can write a letter to anybody he wants,” said Pritchard.