Hello, my name is Melissa Roberts. I’m the director of the Integrated Employment Institute and a professor at UMDNJ. I’ve spent nearly 30 years supporting people with disabilities to pursue education and employment goals, teaching college students to provide career services, researching and writing about the most effective services, and providing training in career development to consumers, families and professionals. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that it’s critical to have people in your life who believe in your abilities and aspirations – that’s true for all of us. Great practitioners are those people in the lives of the folks they serve.