Webster, N.Y. – March 14, 2016 – CDS Monarch recognizes March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and has helped thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, like Charlie, to achieve their dreams.

Charlie shared a dream with many other people when they finish high school—to go to college. After graduating, Charlie’s school of choice was Monroe Community College, where he went part time from 2006 until his graduation in December 2015.

“I started with writing classes,” Charlie said. He said he enjoyed them, but then learned he had to select a major, so he chose liberal arts because it fit with the classes he was already taking. “I liked writing classes the most,” Charlie said. He took journalism, English and communications classes in addition to writing about sports and video games in MCC’s newspaper, The Monroe Doctrine. “I had an easy time with the other classes, too.” Now that he’s out of college, Charlie said he’d like to have a job that involves writing or public relations.

Currently, Charlie receives Supported Employment (SEMP) services from CDS Monarch, where he also works as a greeter at the welcome desk and—getting a jump-start on writing—he is assisting the company’s public relations and marketing department by writing some content for their newsletter and blog.

CDS Monarch’s Supported Employment services provide valuable, paid work experience for those who are ready. Individuals work at places in the community such as the University of Rochester, Home Depot and Burger King.