Video Intro

By: Byron


  1. pearls2017 July 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Hi Joachim! We really loved reading your blog! Thank you for sharing stories about your life with us. We have a couple of questions for you, if you don’t mind.

    1. How would you describe yourself at home, at school, and in your community? Do you feel like you act differently in each of these environments?

    2. How do you like working at the Career Technology Center? Do you feel like it prepares you for other job opportunities?

    3. How do you think your mother impacted who you are today?

    4. What are some activities that you would like to join or are planning on trying in the future? Why would you like to participate in them?

    Thank you for reading these questions, and we hope to hear from you soon!

    • pearls2017 September 4, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you for asking the questions. I am happy to answer.

      1. A. At home I am at ease and comfortable. I have everything I need to enjoy. My mom is always there for me to take care of me and to get me everything I want. When she is at work I have caregivers to help me. Also my mom encourages me to be physically active and get involved in the community. I do lot of work at home with my caregiver or mom. I do laundry, I vacuum, I water the plants, clean my van and help mom to wash the car. Also I help in the kitchen to cook, make pancakes, PB and J sandwiches. Also I help mom to do grocery shopping. That’s my favorite because I get to pick whatever I want to eat and drink. I love my snacks and drinks. My mom tells me not to eat too much snacks and drinks. So I have my limit. My favorite snacks are honey BBQ Fritos, Jax cheese balls, chocolate chip cookies and Hershey chocolate covered pretzels. I won’t eat anything else. My favorite drinks are snapple peach tea and sweet tea. I had a sip of coffee mocha when I was in San Diego and now I love to drink. But I am allowed to drink only 1/2 a cup once in a while.I drink coke or pepsi when I am at a restaurant. But I have to finish my food first before I can drink. I don’t like to eat sometimes. Also I play my games of Wheel of fortune and Jeopardy on my Wii, playstation and Xbox 360. Also I watch wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy on TV every day except Sunday. I will not miss these shows. I like to take videos and pix of everything I see and do. I make dvds and upload them on youtube. Then I watch them on dvd player and ipad. I listen to music. I love “about the house” cd and tape. I also love Passenger, Stu Larsen and Paper Kites’ songs.

      B. At school, I attend life skills class. The teachers and the students from regular class like me a lot. I do take part in coffee cart at school selling coffee and muffins to teachers and students. Everyone calls me The Mayer!

      C. In the community I do activities through my cheerleading team and karate school.
      I take part in lots of parades. So I get featured on the newspaper and TV.

      I act the same way in every place. I am a happy boy and I smile at everyone. Everyone tells me that they want to be happy like me all the time. I have lot of energy too.

      2. At CTC I get trained for service occupation. I am learning to do office work – photocopying, delivering mails, getting orders and deliver supplies, hospital skills, laundry skills, hotel management, answer phone calls and making beds. But I really want to do photography and make dvds. So I will be doing that this year. This will be my last year at CTC. Next year I will be working.

      3. My mom helps me to make my decisions. She gets me what I want and helps me to do my activities and takes me everywhere so I get exposed to the world. We travel a lot within US and overseas.

      4. I love cheerleading and I would love to continue. It’s a happy sports and I like my coaches and team players. I have been doing this for 9 years now and this year it will be my 10th year. Also I love karate. The teachers help me to get stronger in my legs. I have been doing karate for 11 years. Also I love swimming. My instructor helps me to build my arms and shoulders. I have good muscles now. I ride horse during summer and fall. I have been riding horse since I was 3 years old. I started ballroom dancing since last year. It is also helping me to coordinate my movements. I play soccer and baseball and take part in special olympics swimming during spring and summer. I will continue these activities so I can get strong muscles. Also I love all the people, teachers, coaches and students. They are very nice to me. My mom encourages me to do all of these. I might join the special needs dance this year. I am so busy I have to see whether I have time.

  2. pearls2017 July 25, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Hi Joachim, we loved to read your blog and we have a couple questions for you based on what we read.

    1. Do you talk about tv shows with your friends?

    2. How was your high school experience?

    3. How often do you cook food?

    4. What is your dream job?

    Thanks for your blog posts, and sharing with us!

    • pearls2017 September 4, 2017 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      1. OMG I love to talk about the TV shows to everybody. Especially Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. I don’t like to miss a show. I get upset when I miss watching. My mom tries to bring me home on time so I could watch these shows. Sometimes I don’t like to go anywhere because of this.

      2. My high school is great. I love the teachers and the students. They treat me with respect. Sometimes students visit my class from other classes just to say hi to me. They all help me at the gym, culinary and computer classes.

      3. I help my mom and caregiver to cook whenever I have time. If I am tired I just rest. I love to make cake. On weekdays I help to make pancakes and mac and cheese and pasta.

      4. I love to be the host for Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy.

      Thank you for asking me.

      Joachim Lena.

  3. Anonymous December 27, 2017 at 5:14 pm - Reply

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