Celebrating 100 VR Stories: Marcella Hernandez

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Marcella Hernandez, Media Specialist – Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC)

Tell us about you?

I am an artist and published author. My interests are in art, writing and my pets. I contracted polio as a child and live with the aftereffects of it.

How have VR Services impacted you?

I worked in the mortgage industry for several years, until they laid off employees, which I was a part of. Right after this, I was employed by the Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC), with the assistance of Vocational Rehabilitation services, going on 20 plus years now.

To me, being employed means that I am a contributing member of society and can make my own decisions in life. I enjoy being a part of helping persons with disabilities, through my employment, to attain and maintain independent living.

What does 100 years of VR mean to you?

It has been a long journey for persons with disabilities to gain inclusion, but it has been successful and worth the efforts put into it by so many people.