I like to help people. Back home I used to take care of my godmother. I had to take her to doctor’s appointments and help feed her. I have a compassion for human beings. When I came to the US I was excited to apply for this kind of work. My goal is to help people with disabilities be more included in the community. This is my contribution to them. I continue to work during the pandemic because it would be unfair to not do the job. Just because there is a pandemic does not mean they don’t need our support. Even though we are in a pandemic we have to continue to do our best. We have to go the extra mile to help them.
I have five kids. When you work with an individual that is autistic you see similarities. So the love you have for your kids you have to use that same kind of approach to assist them. You have to realize that they sometimes think in the same ways. The person I support needs that same kind of love and support. When I go on vacation, I have to call and check in on him. I can’t abandon him just because there is a pandemic. It would be like abandoning one of my kids.
I was home when the pandemic started. I was asked if I was willing to work and I said “no”. I thought it would be two weeks. My heart was heavy when I was off. I was always thinking of the people I support. I decided to come back, and the individuals I support did not recognize me with my mask on. It broke my heart. I saw the individuals I support on Zoom and I saw that they had grown. It made me come back to work. I can’t wait for this pandemic to be over so we can do all the activities that we used to do.
I like to help people. One of my family members was sick and they needed somebody who would just give them help. And I always have the heart to help people. When I got this job, I didn’t really know what would happen but I wanted to help and do more. It's in my personality to be helpful.
I have the compassion to help people, especially the less privileged and people in need. The passion I have has guided me to do this work. I like to be treated well with respect, which is why I see God in every human. Like the saying, "treat others the way you ought to be treated.”
To make a difference, I have to contribute to the change. I feel blessed doing this job because there is an inner satisfaction and happiness I get when I am able to make a positive impact in someone's life.
I started working in this field because I have a brother that is autistic. I used to take care of him back in Cameroon. I know this job takes commitment and compassion. When I came to the US I did not know that this kind of work existed. Back home everyone had to take care of their own family members if they needed care. When I discovered this kind of work existed I was eager to do it.
When I got (to the United States,) I worked with young kids long term. I had a friend that was working at CSS and they introduced me to the kind of work that we do. When (CSS) called me to come into work they wanted me to start the next day. I had to get a friend to help me get to (the house.) I started working that Sunday from 10 to 3. After I was done, I was called and asked how did it go, I said fine, so I was then was asked if I could start on Wednesday.
I started working in this field because back home I was a social worker. Helping other people with a different background helps us grow. We learn from the people we support. We learn about how we can adapt to other people's behavior and how we can support others. Everyday I come to work it is a learning experience.
Working through this pandemic has been scary at times. When it started I was pregnant and I felt was putting my life at risk. Then the house I was working in was shut down and I stayed home until after giving birth. While I was out, then the house had COVID positive cases and it was time for me to come back.
I like helping people in general. Nursing has been my career choice and is what I studied in high school and in college. My younger brother is autistic and I used to take care of him. This job really gave me an opportunity to use the knowledge and skill from my background. If I can help my brother, I know I can help other people too. Since working at CSS, I have improved my skills a lot. What I have learned has helped me to be able to take care of the individuals I support and it has helped me to also take better care of my brother.
I didn’t have a job and I did not know what I was getting involved with. A friend of mine told me about CSS, and I remembered a kid I knew who had autism back in France. I saw the growth the kid experienced from someone who was very patient with him. I saw it as a challenge and wanted to help. You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. It was a big challenge for me at the beginning, it really taught me how to be patient. I really did not know how strong the lady was back in France that was working with the kid who was autistic. I found a whole new level of respect for her!
It’s been a journey since this thing started. I thank CSS for this opportunity that lets me express my empathy toward all CSS staff and individuals that we serve everyday. The skills are used in various domains specifically behavioral management , social interactions and many more have help me promote better living to the individuals we support within the CSS community. I have been so delighted to be part of the CSS team that shifts the way people think about the special needs population.
I also thank CSS for all the training that we have gained so far to protect ourselves and our individuals. Let us continue applying all procedures to be on the safe side for ourselves, individuals, family and community.
My mom introduced me into this field. She use to work with children with autism. It is because of her I fell in love doing this kind of work. I keep coming to work everyday, even during the pandemic, because of the relationships I have built here, and the passion I have for this work.
First I like the job, and I have been working with the individual I support for a long time. Everyday she asks me, are you coming tomorrow. I could not think of not working with her, especially during the pandemic. She does not see her parents, it is hard for her.
I think it’s important to assist people as a DSP because it’s helping myself. The people we support are great people; they just need someone by their side to adjust and do the things in the community that they enjoy.
I have been in this field for 11 years before starting working with CSS. I have a son who is autistic, CSS was a perfect way for me to find out more about Autism. CSS has educated me a lot on how I can help him. This is why I go the extra mile to help the individuals that CSS supports.
First of all, I would like to thank God for giving me the ability to help. When I was growing up back home, there were people that were autistic and we did not know how to help them. When I came to the country I saw individuals that are autistic in the malls and all around. My father helped teach me that it would be good to work with them. Coming here, and doing this work has made me a better person.
In the beginning it was extremely challenging for the people I support. The pandemic has changed our job in so many ways - our life is not how it used to be in the past six months and things have changed tragically, our social interactions have been stopped and the old schedules are gone completely.
<On why the role of a DSP is important> It’s very important because you learn too. You learn how to be patient, you learn how to prevent some behavior and you learn how to know what people in that type of situation will behave. The people we support have to be in the community with everybody with the rest of people because they are human and they have rights too.
I am proud of the education and knowledge I have received in regards to working with autistic children. I have learned a lot! Since working at CSS I have really learned how to approach individuals and fulfill their needs. I would love to pursue a teaching certificate to teach children that are autistic.
I have always loved helping people. If I see someone going through something that I can help with, I want to help. I always like to be in a place to help them reach their goal. To help them get to where they want to get to in life. There is one belief that I have . I alway do what I love. And I love what I am doing. What I am doing brings joy and happiness to me. When I treat people better in life I know that I will be blessed and my family will be blessed.
<when asked why he continues to work during the pandemic> It is just the people, I feel obligated to the other staff and my supervisor. Everyone is so nice. Angela and Sean and many others have been supportive. It was a little tough when I got started but now I feel committed to them.
I like to take care of people since I was young. Back home I would work with children that were abandoned. I have always liked doing this kind of work. I need to help people when they are in need. I like to see them happy
I feel happier with what I am doing now more than ever. I feel like a partner in regards to the team I am on. We all are communicating so much better now. Also things like Zoom and other virtual activities have been a great addition. I feel that we are able to do so much more now. My friend, the individual I support, is so much happier now! The zoom dance and other activities have been so good for us.
I have been around people autistic since I was 10, My sister works with autistic people. I feel like I can give them more. I can help them be out of the community. I just have a big heart for them. It is in my blood to take care of others.