Taylor Wilson – Unsung Hero

Taylor Wilson, age 21, does janitorial work in the Clarksburg State Office Building and is employed by WorkAble Industries, Inc. His dedication to his job during the pandemic has earned him recognition as an Unsung Hero by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).

Taylor became a DRS consumer toward the end of his high school career. He has autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and he needed assistance with transitioning to employment after graduating from Liberty High School in 2018.

Services from DRS helped Taylor to identify abilities and interests that ultimately led him to find employment.

In early 2020, Taylor started his janitorial job with WorkAble Industries. He was learning his responsibilities and adapting to the work environment when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Consistency and routine are extremely important to Taylor due to the nature of his disabilities. But the pandemic quickly disrupted his everyday work habits. Not only did his required job duties change, but work processes fluctuated, and safety protocols were initiated.

Taylor spends his eight-hour workday deep cleaning at least 14 restrooms in the building. He cannot enter the building without wearing a mask, and he must obtain approval from his supervisor to leave the building. Another significant change related to the elevators, and only two people could be on one at any time, which made it more difficult for him to move from floor to floor to do his work.

DRS Rehabilitation Counselor Kandyce Bittinger nominated Taylor for the Unsung Heroes recognition because of his ability to adapt to the many changes the pandemic caused to his work routine and for being able to maintain his employment during such a tumultuous time.

Bittinger is very proud of Taylor's accomplishments and of how he has handled himself and the additional stress during the last year. Taylor is an asset to his employer because he is a hard worker and is very particular. His attention to detail is a benefit in the type of work he does every day.

Taylor gets up at 4 a.m. to start his job. He works from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., five days a week, and he chooses to not let COVID-19 worry him. He does not think of himself as any kind of hero. He just does what is asked of him.

He typically sleeps for a couple of hours after his workday is over. He spends his free time walking the family's dogs, playing on his computer and helping his grandfather. But his hobby is his car, and he thoroughly enjoys working on that.