Below you will find a few of the many personal success stories that exist about people with disabilities pursuing their dreams of employment and personal achievement. To share your own success story with us and others complete the Contact Us.
I am Daniel and I am looking forward to a career in finance or communications. I refuse to let being born with Autism stop me from going after my dreams. I serve my community by motivating others with disabilities to go after their dreams too! I take pride in being a gentleman and a minister at my church. I enjoy traveling, baseball games, and the internet. I did work study in high school and got paid. My college classes and my trans passes do not cost us anything. And none of this hurt my social security check or stopped me from getting medical help. Some things are hard for me, but I have people from the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance program who believe in me and are helping me. I look forward to using the Ticket to Work program to continue my career path and show everybody my abilities!
I'm Phil, and in 1999 I became paralyzed from the chest down due to falling off a ladder. After my accident, I was determined to go back to work. I knew I wasn't going to give up; instead, I found programs to help me pursue my career in the environmental field. Through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), I received my first wheelchair, laptop, and camera to begin my consulting business. Now, 11 years later, I'm still working and doing what I love - designing ADA hiking trails and leading hikes for people with disabilities.
I am Marcelo. Although I have had Polio all of my life and use forearm crutches, I don't let it stop me from working! I work as a painter and a remodeler. I work because it gives me a sense of pride. It also shows people that I can do more than what they expect of me. I received my assistive equipment through a government program and it helps me make people aware that people with disabilities can do many things and that nothing is impossible!
I'm Matt and I love working! Ever since I was in second grade, I wanted to work in a hair salon, and now I do! I greet clients, help them pick out products, sweep the floors, shampoo hair, and assist the stylists. I also roll silverware at a restaurant and cut hair at a Christian ministry. I really enjoy collecting soda tabs for charity and playing with my nephew in my free time. My job coach, from an Employment Network, has helped me in getting work and I still receive social security benefits.
Hello, my name is Paula and I am 32 and have cerebral palsy. I have been a customer of OVR at various points throughout my life, starting in my freshman year of high school. I work as the recruitment specialist for applicants with disabilities. To my knowledge, I am the first person with a disability to be in this position, and I am honored to have the opportunity to make an impact in this way. I definitely enjoy my job. In the three years that I have been working for the Commonwealth, my position as the recruitment specialist for applicants with disabilities has been the most rewarding experience by far. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work is the contact I have with other people and the assistance I can provide them in their search for Commonwealth employment, regardless of their disability status. I work because I feel a very strong desire to make a positive contribution to society. If I can use some aspect of my personal situation to show other people with disabilities the rewards and challenges of a career in state government, that is time well spent.
I'm Oni and I'm working because it's helped improve my quality of life. At first, I was scared that if I started to work I would lose my benefits. But then I found out about the WIPA (Work Incentive Planning Assistance) program and realized that's not true. They explained to me what I'm eligible to receive without losing benefits and about all the great work incentives which can not only help me get a job but also to keep one. Now, that I'm working, I'm getting to a point where I can image the day when I will not be dependent on my benefits or my son's benefits to live. It's amazing how many options I now have! I've had accommodations from my employer, in my home, and I've received funding for a mobility device and for an accessible vehicle and I still have my medical and social security.