By: Krista Didzbalis '19
The opportunity for professional growth and possibility of change is what drew student Kaitlin Picone, MSW '19, to Rutgers School of Social Work. Always deeply interested in working with people with developmental disabilities, she also serves as a fellow with The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation (DJFF), a non-profit organization fostering a world where adults living with autism are valued citizens who contribute to society in a positive way.
"During my time at Rutgers School of Social Work, I have learned that there are so many opportunities for social workers, and I am inspired by the wide range of practices and movements we are involved in," says Picone.
As part of her fellowship with the DJFF, Picone serves adults with autism and their families. She interns at Trinitas Regional Medical Center where she works on the inpatient unit for adults with developmental disabilities in psychiatric crisis. In this setting, she helps adults with autism and their families enroll in services and support programs that will ultimately contribute to their success as integrated individuals.
"I've enjoyed seeing the different programs available for this population. There are so many day programs and support groups that families really just don't know about, so one of my favorite parts about my internship is helping families understand the benefits of enrolling in services and sharing what services are available for their adult child," says Picone.
After she graduates this May, Picone hopes to continue working with adults with developmental disabilities. Thanks to her dedication to this population, brighter futures are possible.