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Self-Direction Chat with Caroline Signore
Join us for a meet-and-greet with our member Caroline Signore to learn about how self-directing her services has helped her have a successful career and live her best life.

She has a lot of tips and advice to share about managing a team of support staff/caregivers, building friendships and natural supports, and balancing a demanding career. She was recently featured in our self-direction spotlight, which you can find on our website.

Caroline is Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Research, at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). In 1996, Caroline Signore had just finished her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology and entered a private practice in the Denver suburbs when she sustained a cervical spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident. It was the day after Thanksgiving, and she was 30 years old. Her injury is at the C6-C7 level, which means she is tetraplegic: she has no sensation or motor function of the legs and torso, and limited sensation and function of her arms and hands. She completed inpatient rehabilitation in April of 1997 and since that time has brought in personal care assistants to help with activities of daily living.

She has enjoyed the good fortune of independently employing a group of 3 caregivers who have been with her steadily for more than 15 years. Caroline works full time and lives independently in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC.

Nov 21, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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