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Disability Awareness Spotlight

Updated: Apr 11

๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ. ๐“๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐‹๐ข๐ณ ๐‹๐š๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง, ๐„๐ฑ๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ƒ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ Project BEE.


๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ:


After a career in healthcare, I switched to social services and fell in love with nonprofit work. I have been with Project BEE since 2019 - and lead the organization through some of our biggest changes. For fun, I do a lot of reading, activities with my kids, and also have probably 45 different hobbies (relevant to my disability hah).


๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ:


I have ADHD, anxiety, and depression. I had struggled my entire life with these conditions - although I didn't realize it until I was in my 20s. I had an amazing provider advocate for me, and have the testing done so I have the official diagnoses to do whatever I needed. Looking back, I realize so many actions I have taken at different points in my life were directly because of the ADHD/anxiety. Although I wish I had my diagnoses before so that I could have maybe pursued some other interests, I do not regret how life has turned out. In the past, I've tried medication for all three of my disabilities (although, ADHD is the one impacting me daily the hardest), although currently I am managing and thriving via regular therapy and tools (such as project management software, routine, and my calendar).

Sometimes these "invisible" disabilities are a challenge because society doesn't see something "wrong" with you and expects you to perform to their standards.


๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐ซ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ?


Finding an advocate for me has helped get me to the level where I am now (Independence is a great place to start if you are looking for an advocate!). Don't give up, and don't be afraid of change - my career is nowhere near where I thought I would be, but I found something I'm decent at and have been able to thrive as a result. Sometimes you won't respond to different treatments, but there's always another option or another provider you might connect to well. Don't be afraid to ask for accomodations - I personally use a project management software at work which has been an amazing tool to help me thrive.


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