Richard Barros-Sierra, a resident at RISE’s Calverton ICF. He is also one of the first participants to join RISE’s day program without walls called, The Main Street Connection. Richard has shown incredible growth in his interests and participation since he began at day program.
Megan Kolsch, Quality Improvement Director at RISE, shared her observations and updates about Richard with us because his story is definitely one of success. She shared that back in 2016 when she first met Richard, he was living at Calverton ICF and was isolating from his peers and staff. He used to seem lonely and everyone around him seemed nervous around him. Currently in 2019, Richard loves to attend day program, The Main Street Connection at RISE. Richard will greet staff and peers with a hand shake, blow a kiss towards them or if you’re special, you may even receive a hug. Physical affection in anyway is not a typical characteristic of a person with a diagnosis of autism. This is a significant breakthrough. His success demonstrates the growth and progression of his support team including the old members and the new ones.
Due to Richard’s activities and weekly routine he has been involved in at The Main Street Connection; he is thriving and seems to look forward to his days at program. To learn more about RISE Life Services, our residential housing, job opportunities and programs, please browse our website or call 631-727-6220 ext. 203 with any questions. For more about our day program without walls, The Main Street Connection, click here.