In July 2018, 14-year-old Demetri arrived at the Autism Treatment Center. His family made the difficult choice of placing him in a group home after his behavior became too challenging to handle at home. When Demetri moved into the safe and structured environment at ATC, his difficult behavior began to ebb. Working with behavioral and education staff, Demetri’s anxiety about social situations decreased. With less anxiety, Demetri was able to focus more on his education. After earning his high school diploma in 2021, Demetri enrolled in Richardson ISD’s transition program – with a goal of more independence and meaningful employment.
Now 18 years old, Demetri works part-time at a local Whataburger restaurant. He cooks burgers and French fries and happily delivers meals to customers. In addition, Demetri takes a vocational skills class twice a week at Richland College. According to his restaurant manager Raul Garcia, “Demetri is always happy, constantly wants to learn, and brings ideas to the team that others may not have thought of.”