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Patrick and Carol McCullough – Berks County, PA

 

“Having someone from SAM to coordinate the services we needed was a great relief.”

SAM has been helping 19-year-old Patrick McCullough since his birth and has helped his family coordinate a variety of services for him as he has transitioned to different age levels and situations.

Patrick was born with several medical issues and SAM helped the McCulloughs to start an early intervention program with Easter Seals. His mother, Carol, said SAM was a valuable asset in helping the family explore all of the services that were available for Patrick throughout the area.

“We dealt with many medical issues with Patrick his first year of life and we had to make a plan of what we could do to give him a jump start,” she said. “It’s really confusing knowing what things are available to help you as a family of a person with disabilities.”

Patrick transitioned to more one-on-one services once he reached school age, but started up again with SAM a few years ago to begin the process of transitioning out of school and into the workforce when he turns 21. He currently participates in a program during the school day where consumers accompany a job coach to a job site and get a chance to explore the business atmosphere. Patrick has previously worked for three companies, including Reading Hospital, and has a job lined up for the fall to give him training he will need when he graduates school.

“The SAM Service Coordinators have been wonderful. They have been like extended family. We’ve invited them to events that Patrick participated in.”