Eric  |  Joseph  |  Liz  |  Ricky  |  Bill and Elmer  |  Laura

 

 

Eric is a smart, hard-working young man and has plenty of paid and volunteer work experience to show for it. Over the course of four years at his post-high school program, Eric worked in a variety of settings including retail, food service and office work. He even worked at the National Zoo following menus and packaging food for the animals! In his last year of post-high school, Eric applied for an internship program that he hoped would lead to a permanent paid position. He wasn't accepted to the program even though he had a stellar work history. The problem was that Eric did poorly in his interviews because he couldn't answer questions or articulate about his work experience.

That all changed when Eric got an app called "My Pictures Talk." With assistance, Eric was able to create a written story supported by pictures and videos that gave him the communication tool he needed to succeed. On his next interview with a similar internship program, Eric, with cell phone in hand, accessed the app which gave him prompts to tell his story and allowed him to show videos of him at work - doing data entry, setting tables, folding shirts, and other tasks he had mastered.  Eric nailed the interview and was accepted into the program! What a difference assistive technology can make!

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Joseph has volunteered in a variety of capacities for the Silver Spring YMCA for many years. In fact, Joe has received Volunteer of the Year award for his contributions. Joseph in a wheelchair dancing class and performs at the conclusion of the lessons. He looks forward to his art class at Montgomery College. When Joe is not working or taking classes, he and direct support staff, Thommasenia, can be seen cruising the downtown Silver Spring area taking advantage of the multitude of entertainment options in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

Liz is an extremely outgoing young lady who loves to be with people and loves to be of help. Her job at the Sunnyvale Retirement center gives her plenty of opportunities to do both. There she helps out doing laundry, baking banana bread, selling snacks to the residents and entertaining people by playing the piano. She has made lots of friends with both the staff and residents over the course of the past year. Her hobbies include playing the piano, swimming, and working out. She also enjoys her once a week trip to the Wheaton Mall eatery where she typically orders something nice and healthy.

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Ricky is as charming as he is handsome! Watch this video as it takes you along with Ricky on a day in his life as an employee at the National Institutes of Health, a young man finding fulfillment through personal and professional relationships, being independent and enjoying life

Watch "A Day in the Life of Ricky"

 

 

 

 

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Bill and Elmer are best friends, homeowners and roommates. Both Bill and Elmer receive residential and vocational supports from SEEC. The two joined SEEC at the closing of the Great Oaks institution in 1997 and are co-owners of their townhouse in Silver Spring. These gentleman enjoy going on vacation and discovering new places.

 

 

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Laura's most cherished dreams came true when she and Steve Blanks, SEEC’s Workforce Development Director, drove to Philadelphia with one goal in mind: to see Nickelback live in concert at the Wachovia Center. Laura is a die-hard Nickelback fan –owning all six of the award-winning Canadian band’s albums. “I love all of their music. Some of my favorite songs are “To Be Somebody,” “This How You Remind Me” and “All the Right Reasons.” I have wanted to see them in concert for years, so when the chance came to see them in Philly – I took it!”
 

 

 

 

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