Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Job Title & Employer:
Human Resource Analyst, Meijer Inc.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy writing, reading, digital painting, spending time with friends, public speaking, and physical activity

How did you get involved with CLC?
I first got involved with CLC as a student in the summer of 1998 I believe. We had tried several physical therapy treatments to no avail and my family and I heard about CLC. I began when I was two years old and since then ,CLC has helped me develop many skills which provide me with much needed independence. Its unique approach helped me learn the skills I needed to be able to live at college, graduate, and pursue a full-time career.

What draws you to CLC’s mission?
I am drawn to the mission because I know from personal experience that this program makes a world of difference. Without it, I would not be able to do what I am able to do today nor would I be in the position I’m in. To me, it’s important that other individuals that might be in the same situation I am in are provided with the same opportunities I’ve been provided with. CLC works. It is a Family. It is unique and is something that more people need to be exposed to because they don’t realize how much of a difference it makes. This is not just something that works in a classroom – it has a trickle-down effect that supports students well beyond when they graduate. This was my opportunity to give back to an organization that has changed my life.

What do you want to share about CLC and its programs that some readers may not know?
A unique thing about conductive education is that it is individualized while still giving students the opportunity to work together to overcome challenges and difficulties. To me, one of the most important parts of the program is the relationships and the camaraderie you build as you’re trying to overcome these challenges. It may be something as simple as brushing your teeth, but for a lot of the students that is a monumental achievement. Everyone has their story that is worth sharing.

What is your advice to someone who is looking for ways to help CLC and get more involved?
Each person has an opportunity to make a difference—especially at CLC. The whole organization is about coming together despite physical limitations or challenges. I would encourage somebody who is trying to get involved that this is a safe place. Anyone can get involved and have a big impact. Every little bit counts.

Last Name: Smith
Title: Human Resource Analyst, Meijer Inc.