Tell us about you?
I am a current DOR consumer and am in a secured job with a job coach. I am trying new things and trying to find the right career path! I am an author of 2 published books, and I hope to continue sharing my experiences and spreading the word. My first book I wrote, Weird Girl with a Tumor, is a biography about real life experiences I endured and living with epilepsy, seizures, getting bullied, keeping a job, etc. My most recent published book is Tessa Teaches Kindness. The main character in the story has epilepsy that the other students cannot see. I wrote it based on my true-life experiences and wanted to share and teach the experience through the eyes of a child. I was inspired to write them because of all my past trauma I’ve been through. I wanted to tell my story and help others not feel so alone. My disability is invisible, and no one can see it, so by sharing my experiences and life trauma with others in a book, it helps them understand me more!
How have VR Services impacted you?
VR has helped me grow and learn from mistakes. I feel more grown and confident with myself and know that I will find my career path. It has always been a challenge for me to keep steady employment in the past, but with the help and support with DOR, they have helped me so much and I don’t feel as much anxiety or worry about my job being in jeopardy. DOR has helped to put me in line with a secured job and job coach. Having a counselor to speak to and get advice from has also been life-changing for me, as it gave me options to explore many career paths for myself and really get to know myself in the process. I feel a little braver in who I am, and I do not have as many fears as I used to. With DOR, I feel extra safe and secure and even though I have a learning disability and still struggle with communication skills, I know that my counselor and DOR are just an email/phone call away. I have learned to speak up when issues happen and being a part of DOR services has helped me tremendously!
What does 100 years of VR mean to you?
Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a wall, it will grow up believing it is stupid!