Monarch Spotlight: September 2013
To honor the direct support workforce and the tremendous difference they make each day in the lives of the millions of Americans with disabilities, Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed Sept. 8-14, 2013 as National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.
Monarch managers and supervisors celebrated Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) during many recognition activities to celebrate the tremendous work they do and the trusted relationships they have with people with disabilities. Milton Simmons, a developmental specialist at Monarch’s Creative Arts and Community Center (MCACC) in Southern Pines, is among a group of important staff who provide care for people supported. He is a recipient of the Dream Maker Award and is this month’s feature for Monarch Spotlight.
How long have you worked within the industry?
I have been a developmental specialist for more than nine years.
Why did you become a DSP?
I became a developmental specialist because it gives me joy in helping people reach challenging goals in their life.
What is your favorite part of the job?
To see DSP achieve goals with a positive attitude
What is one thing you wish people understood about you and your work?
That developmentally challenged people have feelings and hands on activities are good teaching tools for them developmentally.
What is your great achievement?
To see someone who is given the proper teaching tools to learn various skills. Once the skill has been learned, the individual then becomes empowered to do what was thought to be impossible.
Who is your real life hero?
My parents. They were my heroes because of their teachings and their patience.
If you had one wish, what would it be?
My wish is to have increased wisdom, knowledge and understanding.