Independent Living Specialist
I have worked at Access for about 9 years. This time was split. My first experience with Access began in 2002 when the office was located on Atwood Ave. I worked for five years. At that time, I served as an Independent Living Specialist, the Assistive Technology Coordinator, and the Office Manager. I left in 2007 and returned in 2019.
During my hiatus, I learned that Access is the right place for me. Our mission and the team that carries it out keeps me strong and ensures a purpose. I have low vision. While at other jobs, it was a constant stress to get proper accommodations, any empathy, and to simply fit in. Most importantly, I need to be part of a strong dedicated team. This ensures that I can serve the people in our community who need support and help. It allows them to not only live independently but also to become secure and feel they are part of a community.
Since returning, I have been shocked by my out-of-date knowledge regarding assistive technology. Last time I worked here I had a flip-phone! I have enjoyed learning about all the technology that has developed and thus allowed people to live more independently.
I love spending time with my family including my daughter. I know that my job here has influenced my family and friends. They are more aware of the needs and support that revolve around people who have disabilities. My daughter came home from school one day talking about a child in her class who was having a rough time. Together we ensured that changed.