Shawn Latham: Connecting People to Their Community

Profiles in Employment: A Celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

I’m currently the Peer Group Coordinator for the Center for Independence North Sound, one of four hundred Independent Living Centers in the country. I help people find local community services and assist them with making community connections that will make them more independent in their lives. I’m also a member of several advocacy groups.

During my time at this center, and also at two others, I found that making connections is an important step in finding a job, a roommate, and just good friends to hang out with.

It’s important to always try to see what others have to offer.

I’ve learned no one is the same, and no two communities are the same, so my advice is listen and observe what your particular community has to offer.



Updated on Jul/07/2015

  • Create a vision for the future. Set goals. Identify helpful people and needed supports.
    Let Your Person Centered Planning Guide help you plan and prepare for each stage of life.

  • Informing Families is a partnership for better communication, provided by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council in collaboration with the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration and other partners throughout the state.