Ryan Sanford, Case Manager with our Service Coordination and Advocacy Team (SCAT) shares his thoughts about working in the field of providing supports to people with developmental disabilities.
How many years have you served people with developmental disabilities?
I have worked in this field in one capacity or the other for most of my life. I have a beautiful little sister who is 37 years old now. She had an allergic reaction to the DPT shot which caused her to have a stroke and left her with lifelong developmental disabilities. Professionally I have worked in the field since 1997.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your position?
Trying to connect individuals/families to resources in a small community without the diversity of a larger metropolitan community with more resources is difficult. This causes us to get creative.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The smiling faces I get to see and knowing that people are getting the opportunity to be the best that they can be.
What is the one thing you want people to know about Developmental Connections?
This is an agency with caring people working to provide the most opportunity and independence to all the people we serve.
What is one way in which our community can help foster the mission of Developmental Connections?
Making personal connections and providing education to increase awareness that people with developmental disabilities are an important part of this community.
How are you personally touched by the work you do?
Having sister with a disability has given me the insight to the challenges and rewards of working in this field. It isn’t always easy but when you can see the successes of the people you help it makes it all worthwhile.