Cynthia... A Jumpstart to Success
Cynthia was referred to ACCES-VR in her senior year, while attending Townsend Thomas High School. Cynthia has bilateral hearing loss and wears a Cochlear implant. She learned about the services she could receive to reach her employment goal, and was specifically interested in college sponsorship. Upon graduation she worked with her Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor regarding career exploration. Cynthia was accepted to Fordham University where she would major in Anthropology and Latin American Studies, with a minor in Sociology and History.
ACCES-VR services helped Cynthia to achieve her goals in many ways. She received financial support to assist her to cover costs with tuition, books, and transportation. Her Counselor helped her to connect with campus resources, including The Student Disability Office where she had access to accommodations for testing and interpreter services. Cynthia was able to excel in school, joining Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. As a student she volunteered at a rehabilitation facility working with senior citizens and realized enjoyed helping others. Cynthia graduated from Fordham University, Magna Cum Laude.
Following graduation, Cynthia applied for a job at an established Human Services Agency. She was hired as a full time Community Educator. She now spends her time working in a day habilitation setting, assisting participants to engage in recreational activities, and teaching Adult Daily Living (ADL) skills. Cynthia enjoys her new job and is excited about her career prospects. ACCES-VR services has helped her to find her passion and to jumpstart her career.
This story was submitted by Taniqua Hunter
Local Workforce Development and Business Relations Representative
Queens District Office