“Nothing about us without us” is a popular mantra within the disability community. This concept is embraced at Jubilee. Our Board of Directors has long included the President of Jubilee’s Client Council, and now also includes a representative from Makom, a local sister service provider.
Michael Hoffman of Makom brings a wide variety of viewpoints and experience to the Jubilee Board. He works as a direct support professional for Makom, and also receives services from them. Diagnosed with ADHD and on the autism spectrum, Michael shares that while “I may not be the most social person, I can see where people are coming from. I’m good at empathizing with others. It felt great when Makom first suggested I help people as a DSP and then suggested me to Jubilee for their Board.”
“I bring a unique perspective to the Jubilee Board and highlight issues for both people who have disabilities and work directly with them,” said Michael. “I think it’s so cool that Jubilee has a place on the Board for a person like me.”
Jubilee Executive Director Steve Keener agrees. “I love how Michael shares his experience in a way that enriches every conversation. Every time I’m with him, I come away with new insights and even more enthusiasm for the work we do.”
“I’m bringing knowledge to Jubilee, and I can bring different ideas back to Makom,” said Michael. “This is a tremendous opportunity to share information so both organizations can improve.”
April is Autism Awareness Month. We celebrate the gifts of people on the autism spectrum and strive to create a community where neurodiversity is accepted, and all people belong.