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Program provides custodian with striking opportunity

August 06, 2010
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SAN DIEGO, CA — Tables at bowling alleys are places, like bus stop benches and public water fountains, where you can almost feel the germs crawling into your body, but not at the Mira Mesa Lanes, according to The Voice of San Diego.
Not all bowling alleys employ Arthur Fortaliza, however: His thrice-weekly cleaning effort is the kind of painstaking scrub-down you hope happens — but assume doesn''t — when the last patron has gone home from places like this, the article stated.
Fortaliza, 43, has Down syndrome and works at the Mira Mesa Lanes three mornings a week, from 9 to 11, before heading out for life-skills training with an aide, the article noted.
"He doesn''t stop for anything — he just keeps going and going. We have to make him stop working," said Barbara Raeburn, manager at the Mira Mesa Lanes.
According to the article, Fortaliza has worked at the Mira Mesa Lanes for a decade and has an employment coach who sits within sight while he works.
"We have a cleaning crew that comes in and cleans up the place every night, but really, Arthur does a better job than the cleaning crew does," Raeburn says.
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