Understanding, Caring and Compassion

photo of Alice, community employmentDisability need not be an obstacle to success in community employment. Alice was referred to PRIDE Industries for Employment Services and ongoing supports. For the past 17 years, she has been employed at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) child care center as a pre-school teacher. She supervises children during activities, play time, naps, and meals. 
Alice uses Para-Transit for transportation to and from work, or anywhere she needs to go. She lives with her mother and brother and has thrived in the workforce with just a little support.
“One of the greatest things that I love about working is that I am a productive part of society,” Alice tells us. “But most of all, I love working with young children because of their natural honesty and curiosity. They don’t seem to notice Miss Alice and her wheelchair; they just notice Miss Alice gives them a free ride.”    
Alice delights in their inquisitive nature.  “I believe when children are exposed to others with disabilities, adults or children, it teaches them understanding, caring and compassion for others.  People are what makes the world go around.”