I get delight and satisfaction working with people - that’s my passion. I started in the social care field in the UK in 2004 and I don’t think there’s any section that I haven’t worked. It is my passion and so when I came to the United States CSS was a good opportunity to work near my house. The one thing that people need to know about the individuals that we support, I don’t see them as disabled, they’re simply limited in what they can do but there is a lot that they can do. They have their own skills and potential and don’t deserve the label that some people will give them.
The support that we give them is enabling. It’s enabling them to do more than what they can do on their own. People need to understand that being disabled doesn’t mean that a person isn’t a human being or that they don’t have skills or that they don’t have potential. Everyone is gifted in their own way and some things that others might take for granted might take them longer. Everyone is a functional human being and with the limited support that we give, we can enable someone to live their life to the fullest.