Jordan's nonverbal behavior was not a choice, however. The 22-year-old woman has autism, and often has trouble expressing herself to the world around her. Except, that is, when she's around cats. Specifically black cats.
In 2006, Jordan (whose last name was not revealed) arrived at Mychal's Learning Place, a nonprofit organization that provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. In partnership with Adopt and Shop, an animal rescue and retail store, volunteers from Mychal's get the chance to spend time with animals.
But the benefits can be mutual. When Jordan volunteers, she gets to play with adoptable cats, providing socialization and stimulation for them, and also for her.