Charly Walters came to Wise with a passion for social equality, which she had developed with over a decade of experience in job coaching, job development, residential care, and volunteering with individuals with disabilities. Having grown up in a rural environment, Charly was immersed in an inclusive community where labels such as disability were not something that separated or divided people from one another. While attending college, Charly volunteered for Special Olympics as a coach. There she saw, firsthand, the potential of a career in this field. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Washington. Charly has spent the last six years working first as a job coach, then employment consultant for both King County and Spokane County. In 2014, she was selected to manage Spokane County’s Mental Health Pilot Project where she provided embedded employment services to high school students learning to manage dual diagnoses. Currently, Charly is working with Spokane County and Spokane businesses on the HireAbility Spokane initiative. She is striving to create a movement within the Spokane business community that will create typical employment experiences for all. Charly is excited about and dedicated to the idea of promoting social equality through education, opportunity, and employment.
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