The general population can sometimes be harsh. They may stare, judge, make comments. But at the end of the day as you quickly learn, there is an internal peace that comes with what you do. A sense of fulfillment for what you've accomplished. And the adoring expressions on the faces of those whom you are working with make it all worthwhile!
Can you remember the exact moment your life was changed by someone with a developmental disability? The fact is that after you’ve been working with adults with developmental disabilities, you change. Nobody tells you this when you’re filling out your application. Instead, you hear about the hours, the health benefits, the 401(k) plan, the programs and the strategies. Nobody tells you that if you do the job right, you’ll never be the same. For the better.
You can't know going into the role that it can be the most amazing job you’ve ever had. And on some days, the worst. You cannot foresee the emotional toll it can take on you. However, for most, there comes a time when you find you’re at home and most comfortable, surrounded by people with developmental disabilities and all the love that comes with that.