Working in this field requires frequent shifts in perspective; throughout the day, I wear many hats. When relating to clients, I try my best to see the world through the lens of their experiences. This helps me to understand where they're coming from, so that I and my staff can be more responsive to their needs. Accessing programs and services can be a bewildering, overwhelming experience.
Without trained professionals to ensure their needs are being met, people with disabilities can find themselves stranded. There is often a disconnect between client needs and services; at times, they have difficulty advocating for themselves, or knowing the right questions to ask. Navigating the system to access needed supports can be a confusing and daunting experience for adults with developmental disabilities. We're here to throw them a lifeline!
Nothing is ever as it seems to be in this field. I challenge you to shift your perspective, and try to see what I see when I look at our clients. I don't ask myself to focus on what they can't do; that only serves to limit all of us. Instead, I open myself to a new point of view; I try to see their strengths, respect their experiences, and learn from their wisdom.
Finding the Magic in Each New Day,
Molly J. Anderson