We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Shelley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I never giving up. I celebrate all my failures because it takes courage to try. I always look at every failure as an growth opportunity. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is growth only happen when you’re uncomfortable and doing things that push you outside of your comfort zone. So, I try to keep myself as comfortably uncomfortable as possible. In this spaces is where true growth and innovation happens. Maxwell’s House of Abilities is not just a job or a career to me. It’s my love and my passion because my son has Autism. Therefore I live, breathe and study Autism 24 hours a day, 7days a week, 365 days a year. Being a parent to a child with ASD gives me an unique perspective on the onset reality of individuals living on the Autism spectrum and life through their eyes. Merged that with my own personal day to day reality with the inclusion of therapy services and special education for children on the autism spectrum. This has allowed me to develop a unique set of compassionate and empathetic communication skills with families whose reality mimics my own.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Maxwell’s House of Abilities, is a Nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. That has a dedicated team of professionals with the inclusion of teachers and therapists, who place an emphasis on the strengths of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We provide multiple therapy services, IEP & 504 support, job opportunities, vocational training and much more. Our customized plans for each family’s needs brings forth the best in each individual. Enriching their experience and expanding their horizon. At Maxwell’s House I set the precedent for an environment that supports families and their decision. The implementation of an individual’s ideas and feelings are taken into high consideration. The overall mission of Maxwell’s house is to take the “Dis” out of disability. Focusing on one’s ability and liberating them from the worldly rejection which is often the focus of their disability.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hearsay on the green for brunch Toasted yok for lunch Barnes and noble to hangout Triple J’s smoke House, and Torchy’s Tacos anytime lol. Hobby Lobby for inspiration, Discovery on the green, Houston Zoo, Galveston, Dukes for drinks, and Chicago bar-and-grill for dancing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Roman Shelley, Avin Alexander, Patrick Gordwin, Ramona Lambert, Niya Hicken, Cassandra Bohl, Lazarus Jackson, Derek, Autism Moms Are Beautiful Magazine, Kendra Scott and Torchy’s Tacos
Books: 7 Habit of Highly Effective People, The Millionaire Next Door, How Successful People Grow. You don’t need a Title to be a Leader, Dare to Lead.
Youtube: Watch “Maxwell’s House of Abilities Autism Awareness” on YouTube https://youtube.com/user/Jonaemediainc