In July of 2006 I started working for Ability Beyond Disability and I never imagined how this job would change my life. I started off as a life skills instructor at a group home and am currently the assistant manager. Every day I am able to help each of the five males that live there to reach their fullest potential in life. Each of them suffers from a developmental disability that they were born with. I have learned that when you are born with a disability there are many people who say that “he or she will never be able to ….” because of that disability. Being an employee for Ability Beyond Disability has allowed me to help bring out their ability, regardless of their disability.
Working with these individuals has inspired me to continue my education and go to college to obtain my degree in social and behavioral science so that I can continue to help people with disabilities. Working with these guys has changed my perspective on life quite a bit. I have learned the difference between sympathy and empathy; I have learned that I should never take the simple things in life for granted because there are many people who do not have them or cannot do them. I am lucky enough to be able to help teach the people who cannot easily perform simple, everyday tasks to learn the skills they need to be able to master them. I have the privilege of taking the guys into the community and educating others who may not be aware of the disabilities that they possess.
That is why I work at Ability Beyond Disability.
James has gotten really comfortable with his job responsibilities. It's been a pleasure to see him grow.”