|Preferred Mailing Address||11630 48th Ave N
Plymouth, MN 55442
|Education||Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Saint Cloud State University
Partners in Policymaking Class 30 Graduate
|Interest in developmental disabilities||My interests begin with myself, as I am a person and self-advocate with a development disability. Throughout my life I have encountered many challenges for myself and others with development disabilities. This has led me to want to be a strong advocate for people with developmental disabilities.
Since high school I have wanted to work for people in the disability community. Partners in Policymaking gave me a better outlook on life and helped me realize there is a lot I can do, as a self-advocate, to create and work hard for positive change. I believe there are many ways my knowledge and skills can be used to help make the changes for people with developmental disabilities.
I believe there is a lot that needs to be changed for people with developmental disabilities, in order for people to have opportunity and equality in all areas of life!
|Experience in developmental disabilities||To start out, I have lived my life with a developmental disability. I was born with Cerebral Palsy and I am a quadriplegic. Throughout my life I have seen a wide variety of discrimination against me and people who do not understand. Some of these experiences may have been hard to fight through, but they taught me to be a strong advocate and not to give up. When I was in college I worked at a camp for people with disabilities.
Besides living with a disability, this experience truly taught me there is a lot to fight for. After being involved and graduating from Partners in Policymaking, it made it clear to me that I want to continue advocating for people with disabilities. I have also had many professional experiences, both paid and unpaid that have shown me there is a lot of important change that needs to happen and I want to be a part of that change.
|Anything else about yourself||I strive to work hard and be as independent as I can be! I have many professional goals I hope to accomplishment! In my free time, I enjoy music, sports, laughing, and being with friends!|