Tricia the Advocate

Tricia is a strong advocate for herself and knows what she needs to succeed in a competitive employment environment. However, as a person with a disability, she hasn’t always had the right resources to ensure her success and fulfill her unique needs.

“I’ve been to many other agencies to help me find competitive work, and they didn’t fulfill my needs. Then I found AccessAbility, and now I am supported in the exact ways I desire and need. They do their jobs well!”

Tricia participates in AccessAbility’s Supported Employment program. She works at a fast food restaurant in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities five days a week and gets regular check-ins from her case manager. Together, they have worked through issues like scheduling, utilizing proper stress-management techniques, brainstorming future career goals, and maintaining as much personal independence as possible.

Tricia’s dedication to becoming self-sufficient doesn’t end at simply being employed in a competitive work environment, either. Tricia is an active advocate of The Arc Minnesota and even started her own “Believers in Self-Advocacy” group that meets to ensure personal empowerment and fair treatment of people with disabilities. Tricia has presented to community groups, like police departments, regarding self-advocacy for people with disabilities. She has also won awards for her commitment to helping other people with disabilities advocate for themselves.

Tricia greatly enjoys her job and being an active community member through her advocacy work. She and her case worker will continue working together so that Tricia can develop and grow her skills to stay successfully integrated into the community.

Your donation to AccessAbility helps Tricia and others like her get the resources they need to be able to participate in our community as they desire.

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