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“Through his work, he can share his talent and help others. ”
“'I’m a people person,' Michael says as he looks over to his long-time friend Jonathan and smiles, 'but I have to have assistance.'
“He is most worried about being able to retire comfortably, because the extra cost of having a disability is not quite covered by the support he receives from the state alone.”
“My goal was to move here, to Nashville, and become totally independent.”
“I don’t know who I can turn him over to that I can trust.”
“Over time, I started to come out of my depression mode and I started to pursue what I wanted in life.”
“There was no support for children with disabilities at the time of John Mark’s diagnoses.
“I have new friends and new students and I have old friends like Will who I knew a little.”
“People started knowing that I had initiative and worked hard. I stood up for myself and let them know the real me.
“The program teaches me how to live on my own when I am ready to move out of my parents’ house and move into an apartment of my own.”
“My goal is to work hard and try my best, I think. I want to maybe get a job someday.
“The reason that I came to Vanderbilt was to get better, meet new friends, and learn something new.”
“I have a lot of friends in the program. We like to hang out. We go to football games, and basketball games, and stuff like that.”
“The thing Next Steps has helped me the most with is help me to realize that I have far more potential than I thought I did in terms of finding a job.
“I don’t tell people I’m blind for starters. I don’t feel like it’s something they need to know. Type one people, when they do find out I’m blind, are just like, “Oh okay.” And then there’s type two, who instantly switch to baby mode, like I’m completely
“People clearly treated him differently, and at times, it was very frustrating for Alex because he knew he was the same person he was before his diagnosis.
“No one is ever going to tell you that they are not going to hire you because you have a disability, but...
“Like many of us, Pam’s independence is the most important thing to her. ”
“If Seth had waiver services, everything would change. He would have something to look forward to and something to do.
“I feel like if we got waiver services today it would be like being let out of prison.