For 45 year-old Geoff Savage, there is never a dull moment. Geoff, who has worked full-time for Goddard Space Flight Center for 15 years, is constantly on the go! Since 2000, Geoff has been receiving services through The Arc of Howard County’s supported employment and residential programs. Geoff is extremely independent and really enjoys all aspects of his janitorial job at Goddard. “I love it there!” he said. “I’m surrounded by scientists, astronomers and engineers. There are great conversations…I really love it!” Geoff’s work certainly keeps him busy, but he always finds time to do the things he loves in his after hours and on weekends. “I love sports, especially going to sporting events,” he said. I have been to Raven’s games, Caps games, and I have seen the Orioles and the Nationals play too!”
Geoff has been recognized in past years for his successful self-advocacy. He is a member of People Power, a self advocacy group that is comprised of people with disabilities who work to develop self-determination, express and voice concerns on various issues in the community and teach the community about self-advocacy. As a self-advocate, Geoff has been able to participate in conferences and conventions that raise awareness about people with disabilities and community inclusion. He attended the 2015 Arc US Convention in Indianapolis and the 2016 Orlando convention. While in Indianapolis, Geoff was able to attend a Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I was able to get a ticket and the hotel was so close to the stadium. I got to see the Colts play the Jaguars,” he said. Lia Arbaugh, who is Geoff’s Advocate at The Arc said Geoff is very independent. “Geoff is so energetic. He is always doing something. He loves his sports, loves to bowl and he loves to cook,” she said.