By Marjorie Paul, J.D, Admissions Coordinator, CIP Berkeley Center
A number of years ago; I worked with a colleague who refused to attend meetings, at times seemed unreasonable and argumentative, usually sat alone reading while others were talking, did not seem to have any real close friends, and would occasionally go “off” on people for seemingly no reason.
He was also brilliant and one of the sweetest men I have ever met! After I worked with him for about 3 years, another colleague told me he had Asperger’s and explained what that meant.
As the college where I was working as the Admissions Director/Dean of Students began to close, I started looking for another place where I could contribute to an organization making a difference. When I heard about CIP, I thought that if my Asperger’s colleague had been able to go CIP when he was younger; he would be a happier, more successful and fulfilled person now.
I became inspired by Dr. Michael McManmon’s vision and other CIP staff and then choose to work at CIP. Over 4 years later, I am still continually inspired by the talented hard-working staff at CIP!