How would you describe your job?
We assist our clients by assessing their wants and needs and then connecting them to services and resources to help meet those wants and needs. We want our clients to be happy and want to help them accomplish what they want to accomplish, while also maintaining their health and safety.
What is one reason people with DD might need assistance from the county board?
Opportunities for inclusion are such a big part of what we hope to provide as SSA’s. Sometimes the folks that we serve don’t feel comfortable speaking up for themselves so we do the best that we can to be advocates and to inform our clients of their rights. They have a right to make choices about their lives just like anyone else.
What do you do to help support the choices of people served by the county board?
I try to help the individuals that I work with understand their right to make choices, but also help them understand the potential consequences of those choices as well. If an individual is passionate about wanting to do something or making a certain choice, I am going to help be an advocate for them to the best of my abilities while also trying help maintain their health and safety.
Describe a time you helped someone served by the county board with a difficult choice.
I have a client that was very capable of being employed in the community but lacked the confidence to do so. I constantly encouraged him about his abilities alongside his vocational habilitation provider. Through this positive encouragement and discussion of available jobs in the community, he eventually decided that he would give working in the community a try. He has now been employed for almost two years and maintains his job on his own. He says that moving forward with this job is the best decision he has made in recent years and he loves what he does.