We recently caught up with CIP Berkshire Alum Paul M. and learned more about what he's been doing since completing his time at CIP. After graduating from high school in Weston, Connecticut, Paul enrolled in CIP Berkshire’s C-STEP program. At CIP, he enjoyed working at a variety of internship locations including Norman Rockwell Museum & Meals on Wheels where he served lunch to the elderly. He also volunteered at the Berkshire Athenaeum, the Pittsfield Business Journal & enjoyed hosting puppet shows for children.
While at CIP, Paul learned independent living skills, how to advocate for himself, & participate in group activities with friends. As a CIP student, Paul won awards in recreational excellence, missing only one meeting in 3 years.
Paul’s special interests include watching college basketball & volunteering for autism charities including Autism Science Foundation, Autism Speaks, & the ARC Westchester.
Since 2010, Paul has worked as a human resources assistant at New York Medical College. His duties include document scanning, maintaining files, & front desk reception. Paul is also employed by the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain in White Plains, New York where he handles data entry & document filing.
When asked about his CIP experience, Paul mentioned that CIP helped him learn to live with roommates, cook, clean, & gain more self-awareness. He also learned more about self-determination & self-regulation.
In the future, Paul is looking forward to spending more time traveling & learning more about public speaking.
About the Author: Sarah Williams
Sarah B. Williams is CIP’s National Director of Public Relations. She works to develop and implement communication strategies that will broaden CIP’s impact and overall awareness. Sarah earned a BA from UC Berkeley and has been published in media outlets that serve the autism and LD community. Sarah is passionate about helping young adults with learning differences achieve success. Her son is a CIP alumnus.