DP Redding’s Story
I have worked with people with disabilities in a professional capacity since February 2002, when I started working as a Benefits & Outreach Specialist at a Center for Independent Living (CIL).
Since that time I have continued to assist people with barriers to employment, to obtain paid positions in the community. These are people that experience physical, mental, social, legal, and economic barriers. I have worked with a variety of people, both beneficiaries and agencies, continuing to do Benefits Counseling (now called Work Incentive Counseling), provided career exploration, and finding suitable employment, self-employment as well as wage employment.
For some people, self-employment is the only option, as it provides more flexibility. For these people, assistance is provided as much as needed, up to writing the business plan and cash-flow projections as well as helping to find funding.
My life experiences as well as my work experiences provide me a valuable insight into people with disabilities, how to assist in finding real solutions to the barriers experienced, as well as how to focus on a person’s abilities, work around the limitations, and how to use these concepts to be self-sufficient.
Myself and our staff have worked in this field for 20 years in various settings, agencies with a variety of people and programs. We want to provide the best services that we can to make a difference in people’s lives.