Monday, March 12, 2012

Guest Essay: Sharing Inspiring Stories

Rod Christian of Penfield, N.Y., is director, donor relations at The Arc of Monroe.
For the past 17 years, I’ve been working for non-profits that serve children and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. But a recent project with a simple premise has given me a much greater understanding of and appreciation for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families — their unique personal narratives, challenges, and triumphs.
You never know when something you once studied will come back and show its worth.  I majored in journalism in college. After joining The Arc of Monroe a few years ago, one of my responsibilities was to begin building relationships with the family members of those we support. It didn’t occur to me right away that my journalism degree and this responsibility might naturally intersect, but it did and in a powerful way.

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