Good Carolina Mornin’!
Thought it would be nice to start your week off with a summary of the inspiration and important advocacy messages shared at the 2018 C. Odell Tyndall Breakfast held this past Wednesday June 13. This year’s event was well attended again—thanks for your support with identifying presenters with testimonies and for actively participating. Simply put, without your support in these ways, this event cannot succeed. We are hoping to share more specifics of some of these testimonies, but this clip will need to serve as an immediate overview. As always, you will receive the greatest personal benefit through attending the event directly, but understand how much of a sacrifice that requires. Regardless, you are the team and we are sharing the best that we can to include you in this experience!
Steve Allman, NCRA Past President, honors C. O’Dell Tyndall by reviewing his legacy and effectiveness as a fervent advocate on behalf of individuals who need rehabilitation services. Steve also recognized the Legislators who came out to celebrate those rehabilitation victories presented via direct testimonials.
Kristy Brinson, DVR Business Relations Representative, conveys a message form Yusef Ewais, HR Director with Goldsboro Milling Company, about the effective working relationship that DVR has with his company and that DVR vocational rehabilitation effectively prepares and provides skilled and reliable workers and that such an arrangement is a “win-win” situation.
Jarrad Wilkinson told his story of recovery and rehabilitation following a fall from a ladder on a typical chore day around the house. Through successful rehabilitation services, his faith, and family and his employer’s support and reasonable accommodations facilitated by DVRS rehabilitation engineer and counselor he has been able to successfully return to his employment as an Information Technology Business Analyst with 20 years of experience. He feels he has regained his life and can now independently drive his modified van that he uses for commuting to his job and accessing his community.
Betty Gholston, DSB Chief of Field Rehabilitation Services, introduced Robert Sorochack, General Manager of NC State University Athletic Dining services. Mr. Soroshack described his longstanding partnership with DSB in receiving excellent workers and he indicates that he has enjoyed being aware of the worker’s strengths, interests, and abilities when matching them to the needs of his business.
Michael Roland, was working as a data server engineer when he lost his vision and his ability to do the tasks we all take for granted such as reading, writing, and watching movies. His physical and emotional world had been drastically reduced. Staff with the DSB Independent Living Rehabilitation Program, including Larry Schlesinger, and volunteering at his church helped him regain his life through specialized skill development and use of assistive technologies.
Bryan discussed how assistive technology has opened a world of possibilities for him, including graduating from Guilford College where his studies focused on history and English; being a columnist and blogger, and chairs of the NC Council On Developmental Disabilities (NCCD) and chair of NC Empowerment Network (NCEN) as well as his work with disability rights. He strongly affirms that assistive technology, coupled with the expertise that NCATP staff offer across the state, enables individuals to effectively contribute toward society.
View a video of Bryan's presentation here
David Tedrow, owner of Senior Health Insurance Brokers, LLC, through video presentation for the event, discussed how DVR counseling staff in the Durham Unit Office and the Small Business Specialist with the Program Policy Planning and Evaluation section, helped him with his rehabilitation from a life threatening physical condition to a successful business owner with a minimum of 75 clients of his own. The business had stemmed in part from the skills he developed while volunteering to help match individuals requiring Medicare insurance to appropriate plans that met their needs. He stated that services, support, and guidance and counseling received from the agency was absolutely critical to his success. He has been selected as one of the 2018 Small Business of the Year Award by DVRS and its Small Business Advisory Committee.
View a video of David's presentation here.
A collage of a small sampling of the attendees and faithful supporters—thanks to all for the extra effort for the early event!
Hope this summary of the breakfast program and the power testimonies coordinated by various staff help you to capture and live the passion of your profession this week—just like the example C. Odell Tyndall left for us!
Phil Protz & Cheryl Revels
Co - Commissioners