Josh... Helping Others Achieve Their Dreams
Josh was referred to ACCES-VR by a law office located in Utica, NY, after a work-related accident prevented him from returning to his former employment. At the time Josh applied for ACCES-VR services, he was having difficulty locating employment. He had considered returning to school for a master’s degree, however it was during his intake that he learned of the Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling master’s degree program at The State University of New York at Buffalo.
Josh worked closely with his Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (SVRC) Connie Glover. Through her vocational counseling and guidance, Josh established a goal of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. ACCES-VR assisted Josh with funding for college level training to obtain his master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, and with assistance in applying to Civil Service job postings. Josh obtained employment with ACCES-VR upon graduation, and currently works as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Utica District Office.
Josh states “I thought this would be a great way to help others like me learn that their disability should not define them. They can develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful. I try to share my experience with others if they seem unsure of how the agency can provide the assistance they need to succeed.”
Josh credits his support system for their help and guidance. “Through the great support of my fiancée, family and friends, as well as the support of Connie Glover SVRC, I have been able to be very successful and have not encountered any difficulties in my employment other than the normal learning on the job.”
This story was submitted by Ashley Paciello
Local Workforce Development and Business Relations Representative
Utica District Office