Join us for a meet-and-greet with our member Caroline Signore on November 21 to learn from her experience with self-directing her supports as a disabled, tetraplegic woman. The webinar is free, and ASL interpreted.
She has a lot of tips and advice to share about managing a team of support staff/caregivers, building friendships and natural supports, and balancing a demanding career. She was recently featured in our self-direction spotlight, which you can read on our website.
Here’s some reasons to attend:
- Are you someone who requires assistance with daily living skills and wonder how to find trustworthy, high caliber people to hire, how to avoid constant staff turnover or burnout?
- Are you contemplating managing your own personal care assistance?
- Are you interested in reducing the number of hours you require assistance, and need help establishing community supports?
- Are you a parent, sibling, friend or the head of an agency who supports people who have extensive daily support needs?
- Do you or your family member wants to move out of an aggregate care facility and into a neighborhood?
Caroline is Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Research, at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). In 1996, Caroline Signore had just finished her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology and entered a private practice in the Denver suburbs when she sustained a cervical spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident. It was the day after Thanksgiving, and she was 30 years old. Her injury is at the C6-C7 level, which means she is tetraplegic: she has no sensation or motor function of the legs and torso, and limited sensation and function of her arms and hands. She completed inpatient rehabilitation in April of 1997 and since that time has brought in personal care assistants to help with activities of daily living.
She has enjoyed the good fortune of independently employing a group of 3 caregivers who have been with her steadily for more than 15 years. Caroline works full time and lives independently in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC.