Erin Clemens is on the autism spectrum and is a part of the Devereux Pennsylvania Community Adult Autism Partnership Program (CAAPP), which provides individualized and innovative community-based support services for adults with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities.
“Without Devereux, I’d still be living at home with my parents,” Clemens shared. “Devereux has helped me to not only live independently, but also begin to thrive. Staff members sat with me for countless hours in college classes, helped me fill out forms, and spoke with professors and other people from the college. I think the biggest thing they have done is that they have helped me become more of who I really want to be.”
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Clemens, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when she was 15 and receives services through Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania, studied early childhood education at DCCC, and graduated in May with a Child Development Associate, Certificate of Competency.
Clemens, who volunteers at the Brandywine Valley SPCA, hopes to transfer the skills she learned at DCCC into a career working with animals.
“I really love working with dogs, so I plan to spend more time volunteering and studying dog training,” Clemens explained. “Eventually, I hope to help train service dogs for people like me on the autism spectrum. That way, I will not only be working with dogs, but I would be helping people, too.”
Erin Clemens is a woman on the autism spectrum. When she is not in school or working, she likes to spend her time volunteering and watching “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She is also the author of the book “I Have Asperger’s.” For more information on Erin, visit her website at https://erinclemens.wixsite.com/erin-clemens. You can also find her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/aspergersadie/, Twitter @AspergerSadie https://twitter.com/AspergerSadie and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/erin.clemens.58.