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Participant Interview

10/20/18

Over the years, The Douglas Center has witnessed countless success stories of participants progress in the work center and community.

Here is just one example of such an individual : William D

William started working at The Douglas Center in the Work Center in 2001. With progress and interest he moved up to the Sewing Department a few years ago. Now he is working in a local department store. We had a chance to ask William a few questions about his experience.

William, what is it like for you at The Douglas Center?

WD: I’m happy to have the chance to try different things at The Douglas Center. I’ve learned about different jobs and skills.

I understand you recently got a new job?

WD: Yes, I work for Walmart now a few days a week. I was very excited to get through the interview process and get the job! Working at The Douglas Center help me prepare to have a job in the community.

What do you do for fun?

WD: I like to go to movies and out to eat. I especially like being with my family and going to church on Sundays.

So what’s next?

WD: I would like to eventually get a full-time job in the community and to have my own place.

What helped you most with this transition?

WD: Having staff, at Douglas Center and my residential facility, that I “can talk to” and that “listens” is so very important. Knowing that people are “there for me” makes a big difference.

What would you want people to know about adults with disabilities?

WD: Just treat everyone the same. It is helpful with people are patient and understanding when they interact with persons with disabilities in the community.

William, you are a great role model and peer teacher here at The Douglas Center. We are all so very proud of your progress.


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