DSANV Programs Intern David Serpas is our first Self-Advocate intern. He joined us this year as a volunteer but, thanks to a grant from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation®, has transitioned to a paid internship role in our new DSANV Self-Advocate Employment program. The program pairs Self-Advocate interns with peers studying Social Work, Psychology, Special Education or other fields in which they will be working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Interns are given broad instruction from staff for all tasking and work together to divide the workload and execute all tasks as a team.
David attended Stonewall Jackson High School and received his special education diploma in 2013. Before interning at DSANV, David worked as a dish washer at Sunrise Assistant Living and as a member of the janitorial services team at Safeway. David is thankful for his previous job opportunities because they allowed him to be an asset in a team setting. While interning at DSANV, David has enjoyed assisting in the preparation of materials for numerous events including World Down Syndrome Day and the 2019 Spring Picnic. David enjoys meeting and talking to new people, dancing, taking Zumba classes, working out, and taking care of animals (especially his dogs Sofia and Boogey). David currently lives in Herndon, VA with his Mom and Dad. He is grateful to his parents and three siblings for always supporting him.