Diagnosed at age five with autism spectrum disorder, Jordan has never had a job interview, let alone a job. At age 23, he wants to change that.
And, thanks to the award-winning TV series Employable Me — which follows people with neurological conditions or physical disabilities as they look for a job — viewers can follow Jordan’s journey as he (spoiler alert) finds not only a job but one involving his passion for trains, which started when he was three years old.
“Someone’s got to give him a chance,” the person who hired Jordan says during the first episode of the show’s third season. “Why not us?”
While the show undoubtedly changed Jordan’s life, it has also done the same for its show-runner, Kingston native Katie Lafferty.
“This show has been so life-changing,” the 41-year-old series producer said over the phone from her Toronto home. “You work on the series, and you go through the footage and you’re watching the footage and you’re learning and you’re crying and you’re laughing. When I put this show out, I feel truly proud.”