Stories of Strength and Achievement
Welcome to our ‘Success Stories’ page, a collection of narratives that illuminate the incredible strength and accomplishments of individuals who have faced adversity head-on. These stories showcase the transformative power of the Resource Center for Disability Solutions (RCDS) in supporting and empowering our community members.
Sheila’s Journey of Healing and Empowerment with RCDS
Sheila has osteoporosis and neuropathy in her leg, which causes her to limp when she walks. She was a caregiver for her son, her husband, and both parents. All of them passed away in quick succession, and Sheila was left feeling lost and alone. She experienced homelessness, rape, and abuse. She eventually moved to Florida to live with her other son, but she was still struggling to cope with her grief and trauma. Sheila met some of the people at RCDS and was immediately drawn to their warmth and compassion. RCDS connected Sheila to a literacy program and provided her with rides to her appointments. Sheila is now working on her GED!
Sheila is grateful for the help that she has received from RCDS. She says that they have been like a family to her. “They cared, they showed me love, and they loved me for my boldness,” she says. “I was grateful they even took me to get me out of the home.”
Sheila is now learning how to advocate for herself. She is determined to make a difference in the world, and she knows that RCDS will be there to support her every step of the way.
Overcoming Challenges: David’s Journey with RCDS’s Support and Transportation Services
David was diagnosed with cancer and needed to undergo chemotherapy treatments. He reached out to Resource Center for Disability Solutions (RCDS) for help with transportation to his cancer treatments. In addition to transportation, RCDS also helped David with setting up his appointments and providing emotional support. Donna, our Transportation Supervisor, was always available to answer his questions and help him navigate assistance. David said that Donna was “always there for him and helping him out.”
Empowering Independence: Diego’s Story of Accessibility Through RCDS’s Home Modification
Diego has cerebral palsy and lives with his parents. Diego was unable to get around his home independently. He needed to be carried by his parents to get into the bathroom, to his bedroom, and even to the kitchen. Diego’s parents contacted RCDS for help, and we assessed Diego’s needs and determined that he would benefit from a home modification. RCDS worked with Diego’s parents to install a new shower in the bathroom that is wheelchair accessible with grab bars for safety. This modification has given Diego the independence he needs to get around his home on his own.
Anthony’s Journey: Overcoming Challenges, Achieving Independence, and Inspiring Others
Anthony lives with his mother, Darcy, in Vero Beach, Florida. Anthony has always been a bright and bubbly person, but he has also struggled with anxiety and communication difficulties. Darcy, a previous special education teacher, knew that Anthony needed extra help to reach his full potential. RCDS connected Darcy with Patty, a case manager who has been a wonderful cheerleader and influence on Anthony.
With Patty’s help, Anthony was able to get a part-time job at Home Depot. He has been working there for five years and is very good at what he does. He is always praised by his supervisors for his hard work and dedication. Patty also helped Anthony get his driver’s license. This was a major accomplishment for Anthony, as he had to take the test multiple times. But he never gave up, and he passed! In addition to helping Anthony with employment, Patty has also provided him with a wealth of resources and support. She has helped him find activities that he enjoys with his mother, such as clay classes and painting.
As a result of Patty’s help, Anthony has made significant progress in his life. He is more independent, confident, and happy. He is a shining example of what can be accomplished when people with disabilities receive the right support. Anthony is an inspiration to others. He shows that people with disabilities can achieve great things with the right support.
He is a reminder that we all have the potential to make a difference in the world. If you or someone you know needs help with employment, transportation, or other resources, please contact the Resource Center for Disability Solutions. We are here to help you live a full and independent life.