When I tell people where I work, some people say, “Where?”Most people in Wagga Wagga know about Kurrajong Waratah as it’s the largest not-for-profit organisation in the area, but generally, people haven’t heard of Skills Options. It’s not until I talk about some of the activities we do that people raise their eyebrows – I mean, in what other job can you go to a music concert, lunch in the park and have an art session in the afternoon. People are genuinely interested in the work I do and they ask a lot of questions. People enquire about the hours, job description and training. I tell them that our Manager usually employs casual staff to fill rosters as it gives them a chance to see if they like working with people with disability. Some of the casual staff now have permanent positions. Once, a woman said to me that I must be a “special type of person” to work with adults with disability. I think she was referring to having lots of patience and being very understanding. However, I don’t believe that you need to be “special” to work with people with disability; it’s an enjoyable, rewarding job! Of course, it’s handy to have a great sense of humour! The staff at Skills Options come from all areas of the community, and are all different types of people. I think this is why our service works. Although reactions to my work are mixed, attitudes in the community are changing as people learn more about the disability and community care sector. If you want to know more, ask someone you know who works with people with disability, or get in touch with the carecareers Careers Centre.