Camille CainAnyone who has ever worked in a busy office understands the importance of organization. The employees at the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Correction and Rehabilitation's Pre-Trial Services office certainly do — and fortunately have Camille Cain on their team to assist in achieving it.

Camille's main responsibilities include sorting and preparing files for use with clients. Like most employees, she has an on-site supervisor who oversees her day-to-day work. She also receives job coaching through a local support services provider. Her job coach drops in to the office every other week; while there she might model how to accomplish a particular task more efficiently, or simply talk to Camille about how things are going, both in and out of the workplace.

Camille, who has an intellectual disability, obtained her job through a customized employment program that works with the county's departments to assess staffing needs and identify people with disabilities qualified to meet them. Prior to being hired, she went through an interview process, including a work simulation. She works two days a week from 9.30 until 12.30 am and gets to and from work independently using MetroAccess, the Washington, D.C., region's shared-ride, door-to-door paratransit service for people with disabilities.

Camille's been in her position for nearly two years and enjoys a good rapport with her colleagues, who appreciate not only her conscientiousness, but also her sense of humor and "can do" attitude. This positivity certainly shines through when talking about her job. "I love my work," she says with pride.

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