Celebrating 100 VR Stories: Theresa Woo

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Theresa Woo, Regional Director, DOR

Tell us about you?

I first worked with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) as the sister of a sibling with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Seeing my brother get a career with the United States Postal Service with assistance from his DOR counselor helped me decide to study psychology and rehabilitation counseling. I eventually started working at DOR in 1996.

How have VR Services impacted you?

VR services have impacted me by seeing many individuals grow in their independence like my brother, who raised a family and provided for them with his career. Since then, I have assisted in 100’s more successes and seen many consumers graduate from high school, get college degrees, and move onto successful careers in various industries, including starting their businesses.

What does 100 years of VR mean to you?

Everyone with a disability who comes to a VR agency starts with a seedling of an idea of what they want to do. As a VR professional, our job is to nurture that seedling of an idea so each person we serve grows into the career professional they want to become.