Adam Price has been Loren’s Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) Support Living respite provider and roommate for 10 years, as well as a witness to his growth over the years. Adam shared his journey with us, his hopes for the future of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and more.
Q. What interested you about working at TMI?
A. I previously worked with Loren providing respite services and his family asked if I was interested in living with him. They found TMI and it seemed like a great company to work for.
Q. What is your favorite part about working at TMI?
A. The independence to live with and work with an individual.
Q. What challenges do you and/or our Loren face?
A. Finding employment was a challenge which took Loren about two years.
Q. How did you handle that?
A. We reached out to the TMI Employment Solutions program for assistance with finding Loren a job, which they did. He has now been employed for about three years.
Q. How does making a difference in the lives of our clients make you feel?
A. It feels great to make a difference in the life of not only the client, but the client’s family as well.
Q. What are your hopes for the future of individuals with developmental disabilities?
A. I hope they continue to have more opportunities for access to needed services and job training.
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A. Spending time with my kids and playing soccer and video games.
Q. Who do you admire and why?
A. I admire many of the psychologists and other experienced professionals who I have worked with over the years. They have always shared valuable insights into solving problems with extremely difficult clients that I did not have the tools or experience at the time to solve.
Q. What is a quote that is meaningful to you?
A. “When I feel pain, that's when I start counting, because that's when it really counts. That's what makes you a champion. No pain, no gain. But when you're out there partying, horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Q. Is there anything additional that you would like to share with our readers?
A. Working at TMI these last 10 years has been an incredibly rewarding experience. It has been amazing to see Loren's transformation from a teenager about to move out on his own for the first time, blossom into a confident individual who loves nothing more than to go to concerts, play video games, watch anime, and have the confidence to go out into the world each day and connect with others while moving closer to his personal goals for the future.
We love that! Thank you for your continued dedication to TMI and all that you have done to help transform Loren’s life. Congratulations on 10 years with us!
The Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) Supported Living program assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live independently or with paid support in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Personalized supports are dictated by a person’s needs. We provide up to 24 hours a day of one-on-one support designed to meet individual needs.
Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has been transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1981 and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 2000. In 2020, we launched Disabled Veteran Employment Services. TMI strives to help our clients to realize their hopes and dreams by providing Employment Solutions, Community Living and Family Support Services throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties. To stay connected with us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Together we can share acceptance and awareness, ultimately contributing to further inclusion.