It’s wonderful to see people like Charlie become so successful. It’s why we do what we do at The Arc.”

Arc program coordinator Lia Arbaugh.

Like most of us, Charlie Settle enjoys his leisure time activities — building model cars, fishing and bicycling. And he’s proud of his home, a Long Reach condominium. But Charlie is almost as proud of his accomplishments at work as he is of being a homeowner.

He has worked in maintenance at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory since 1994, working from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. five days a week with rare absences. He also handles recycling duties at APL.

For his reliability and determination, Charlie won The Arc’s 2010 Self-Advocate of the Year award

He says he enjoys talking with his co-workers and getting outside to walk between the buildings on the campus as he does his work. Though his job is unclassified work, he wears a white photo-badge.

For several years, Charlie lived in his own apartment with support through The Arc’s Residential Program. He used a low interest loan arranged by the county’s Department of Housing and Community Development to purchase his condominium.

“It’s wonderful to see people like Charlie become so successful,” says Arc program coordinator Lia Arbaugh. “It’s why we do what we do at The Arc.”