|(Pictured) Rep. Sarah Peake, Linda Baird, Justin, Rep. Cleon Turner, Sen. Dan Wolf|
Every year The Cape Cod and Islands DDS Citizen Advisory Board has a Recognition Breakfast. This is to recognize individuals from the Cape and Islands area who have had a fulfilling and successful year with the assistance of their staff who are also recognized. Latham Centers Inc. nominated Justin C. and his staff, Linda Baird, this year. After coming from the children’s program into the adult program, Justin had numerous life interfering behaviors. These behaviors would ultimately lead to putting himself at risk. Justin has seen his share of staff, myself included, and then in 2012 Linda began working with him. In the short time that they have worked together, they have achieved and identified numerous coping skills to help with his stressors and behaviors. Linda has shown patience, creativity, and compassion in her work with Justin. With the support of Linda, Justin’s life interfering behaviors have greatly decreased. He is now able to engage and enjoy relationships and activities that were once stressors for him. Seeing the incredible changes Justin has made with the support of Linda since I worked with him over 4 years ago is a credit to the hard work and dedication Linda has for her job. We congratulate them both for this well-deserved nomination and recognition.