Amy J. Stengle has been working with the disability community for 13 years. She started out as a direct care worker for individuals with intellectual disabilities. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education, she worked with individuals in their homes to educate them on how to live independently in the community. In 2006, she graduated and ended up working for TRCIL in the Specialized Service department. Through TRCIL, she learned how to advocate for disability rights, deal with issues consumers faced in nursing facilities, and promote independence for individuals with disability in the community and nursing facilities. Amy organized each month a Movie Day, which allowed consumers to interact with their peers, and was especially beneficial to individuals in nursing homes because it gave them a opportunity to do something outside of a nursing home. She was a part of the ADA (American with Disability Act) rallies each year, which celebrated and educated individuals on their legal rights as a individual with a disability. Amy ended up as a Service Coordinator for waiver services in 2012, providing support to individuals with waivers living in their own home in the community. She quickly learned the ins and outs of the waiver programs and was promoted to Supervisor position in 2013, which is the current position she is in. Through the waiver program, Amy has built several hundred new budgets, bringing services to individuals living in the community with a disability. Through hard work and determination, she has seen several home modifications approved for consumers needing things like ramps, bathroom modifications and many other modifications. Amy works with the state closely on bringing services and meeting consumer needs in the community. Today, Amy remains dedicated to her staff and consumers.
I have a bachelor's of science degree in gerontology. I previously worked as a care manager for Allegheny County’s area agency on aging for older adult’s ages 60+ and managed a caseload of 80 people. I have also volunteered at a hospice with a bereavement coordinator making bereavement phone calls and respite visits. When I'm not at work I like to play volleyball and attend concerts.