Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. Some are world renown; some are nationally known; some are what I call, the quiet heroes.
For the past four years I have had the honor of being surrounded by the quiet heroes who work at the CPD.
No where else have I seen such dedicated, compassionate, and visionary people. True, some of these heroes are becoming world renown as they reach out to help people in other countries improve the lives of people with disabilities. Some of these heroes are becoming nationally known as they work with the policy makers and the national organizations who work to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Some of them are known statewide as they work to change the lives of people with disabilities in Utah. And some of them are the quiet heroes who support the mission of the CPD in their many daily, essential, and often unseen accomplishments. Each one is a hero to me.
My association with the CPD goes back many years when I first brought my now 32-year-old son for an interdisciplinary evaluation. He was soon enrolled in the Center’s preschool and remained through his school-age years for five more years. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to work for the Center’s Early Intervention program (Up to 3) as a service provider, trying to make a difference in the lives of families with very young children with disabilities. You might think that as I retire this week, that my connection with CPD will be ending, but that is not going to happen. Every morning as I send my son on the bus to his adult day program (the Developmental Skills Laboratory, another great CPD program), I will be thinking of all the quiet heroes at work here.
I salute all of the CPD staff and leave you with these last words—”Carry on, Carry on, Carry on!” for you are making a difference in the world, one day at a time.