Anna’s biggest barrier has never been her disability… it was her belief in herself. But as her confidence has grown, so has she grown as a person.
Anna had struggled while training at ODC, until she stepped out of her comfort zone and began to take advantage of ODC’s day services and CommunityConnect services, both of which helped her to discover a life outside of work.
Now, Anna is an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels and volunteers as a mentor at Mead Elementary School’s after-school program. She has also become an advocate for people with disabilities, sharing her experiences with groups at ODC functions. Best of all, Anna she is actively working to find a community job.
Anna has learned to look to herself for strength and self-worth. In many ways, she has gone from self-doubt to self-advocacy.
Congratulations, Anna, on your nomination for ODC’s 2016 Personal Achievement Award!