Client Journeys: Trevor

Living with integrity is important for 23-year-old Trevor, and having a job allows him to live this value.

“Getting up and going to work every day gives me a sense of integrity,” Trevor said. “When you work, you are doing something good for yourself, but you are also doing something good for society.”

When he was just three months old, Trevor lost the ability to see out of his left eye due to glaucoma. He underwent many operations over the years to maintain sight in his right eye, but in 2012 – his senior year of high school – Trevor became blind. Losing his sight made Trevor anxious about his future. He was plagued by thoughts of “What if…?”: What if no one would hire him? What if he couldn’t work?

One day, Trevor decided things had to change.  “I was living with a roommate and paying rent. I was already on my own, so I decided I might as well go for it.”

In 2014, Trevor began working with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and was referred to Bobby Dodd Institute for job training. He participated in a vocational assessment that helped him gain a better understanding of his own potential. Through work adjustment, he practiced the foundational skills needed for success in the workplace.

“I want to be the best employee, and I want to prove to myself and to my peers that I can do it,” Trevor said. “At BDI, I gained confidence and learned about integrity. I don’t let my disability hold me back.”

In November 2015, he was connected to a job at as a conditioner at Kroger.  In this role, he inspects aisles to ensure that everything is tidy and organized for customers. He loves the supportive work environment, and his friendly coworkers are always willing to help him.  His social network has expanded thanks to new friendships with coworkers. He sees this position as a great first step in his career.

“My supervisors tell me that I am very efficient.  My coworkers who can see can do the job quickly, but sometimes your eyes can deceive you, and you miss things,” Trevor explained.  “I rely on my sense of touch to locate the gaps in products on the shelves, and I am very efficient with my hands. I can do the things my peers without disabilities can do. I just may have to do them a little differently.”

For Trevor, coming to work on Mondays means opportunities – independence, the chance to learn new skills, new social opportunities, and the prospect of a career. But, most importantly, work gives him a sense of pride. 

“I have a disability, but I am working just like everyone else,” Trevor said.  “It makes me feel good about myself.”

 

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