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"I love everything about my job," says Janice Lekavy. "I get to be out and work, which is amazing. It's my first job and the people are wonderful."
Janice has a hearing disability, a learning disability and coordination challenges, but nothing gets in her way. At Community Living, she learned how to write a resume and, after a few calls, she was offered part-time work at a golf course, close to home.
"Janice washes dishes, helps at the bar and clears up," says her support worker, Janet Barnes. "She absolutely loves it and they love her. I can see an enormous change in Janice. She has that social status now that seems to come with a job. She's moved out on her own. She has a boyfriend. She's really blossomed.
"We all have disabilities. But in our resume-based world, we emphasize our abilities. When Janice started working at the golf course, it was a chance to showcase what she can do. So many of the people there have said to me, 'I had no idea what a person with disabilities can do - Janice is amazing.' And she is. She's teaching all of us to celebrate what people can do when given a chance."