AID is defined by the depth and breadth of our available services that are customized to meet the unique needs of an individual throughout every stage of his or her life. Curtis is a young man who decides his path, strives for his dreams and lives the life he wants to live, thanks in part to his participation in a multitude of AID programs and services.
Curtis was born with Down Syndrome. A diagnosis that is a small part of his always “on-the-go” lifestyle; a condition that does not define him. When he was a young boy, his parents enrolled him in the AID Early Intervention program to strengthen his socialization skills and help him prepare for school. This first step helped Curtis improve his developmental trajectory and lead to future accomplishments. At the age of three, he successfully transitioned into the special education program where he worked hard and met his goal of completing high school.
As Curtis entered his young adult years, he continued his participation in AID programs and services. The AID Home Based Support program has been instrumental in helping him identify his strengths and challenges; helping him choose his life path. He has developed a strong life skills set which includes socialization, cooking, civic engagement and financial literacy.
Curtis dreamed of having a job in the community. To achieve this dream he enrolled in the AID Employment First program. His Employment Specialist worked with him to learn the necessary skills needed to land his first and current job as a server at McDonalds. He loves his work but his true passion is volunteerism. He volunteers regularly at the Special Olympics, American Legion, Meals on Wheels and many more!
Curtis has a strong support system through AID and his family. That, coupled with his own hard work and determination, means he lives the life he wants to live. He is a great friend, hard worker and an asset to his community.