CDS Monarch individual, Charlie, achieved his dream and graduated from college in December 2015 at Monroe Community College.

Charlie began taking classes at MCC part-time in 2006. He majored in liberal arts and took journalism, English and communications classes, in addition to writing about sports and videogames for The Monroe Doctrine, MCC’s newspaper.

“I started with writing classes,” Charlie said. “I liked the writing classes the most.”

Now that he has graduated, Charlie said he’d like to have a job that involves writing or public relations.

Charlie currently receives Supported Employment services from CDS Monarch, where he also works as a greeter at the welcome desk and — getting a jump-start on writing — assists 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.

CDS Monarch recognized March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and has helped thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, like Charlie, to achieve their dreams. The organization assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live and thrive in their communities by delivering high-quality, personalized life planning and transition support.

For more information, visit cdsmonarch.org.