Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Nov. 8, 2006
I have been employed by People First of California for the past 2.5 years as a Project Coordinator. I develop training materials designed to educate and empower people with developmental disabilities. I, as a member of a team, then travel throughout California providing the training to advocacy groups. I am a person who was born 57 years ago with a condition known as cerebral palsy, which effects my body movements, but not my intellect. I am completely independent--live alone, drive a van, and have a full time job. For mobility, I use an electric scooter. My only true assistant is my service dog, Andre---a 10 year old Pekingese. When we travel, it is just me and Andre against the world.

In the past 2.5 years, I have learned how well, and, unfortunately, how not so well the American Disability Act (ADA) is working in our great state of California. In days to come, I will share some of my travel stories, especially my horror story that left me stranded in downtown Oakland on a Saturday night. Stay tuned for some interesting, mind boggling adventures.


Kecia said...

Howdy Linda,

I found your blog while I was doing a keyword search on PFCA. I really like what you wrote in your blog about your trials and tribulations on traveling to Ukiah, CA. I remember during PFCA Board meeting last year, you verbally told us the troubles that you had in traveling to Ukiah. I just want to say that you did a really great job with the Community Inclusion project for PFCA. Linda, I really admire you. I'm glad that I know you.


Sunshynrae said...

Thanks, Kecia. I really enjoy working for PFCA. I was rehired last week to do the Boardsmanship project and the Memorial Project.