We address the unique cognitive, adjustment, and physical difficulties which can interfere with successful living. See how we successfully worked with some remarkable people to overcome these obstacles.
If you were to speak with Linda, you would quickly learn about her philosophy on life. She would say that when an individual is faced with adversity in their life, there are two paths that they can choose. One path is the path of a victim, questioning if or how you can live a productive and happy life. The other is the path Linda chose. That path is one of resilience, empowerment, and a belief in her own abilities to overcome even the toughest challenges.
Linda is a 50 year old woman who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP) when she was two. Linda has never viewed herself as a victim or “handicapped.” She lives with the attitude that she is not only going to make a productive life for herself, but she is also going to help others reach their goals as well. First, she received her B.A. in Special Education from West Chester University. Her goal was to work with individuals with disabilities and she did just that for a number of years. She later began working as a volunteer and advocate for abused women, providing counseling on how to develop strength and refusing to be a victim. After attending several classes and developing motivational speaking skills, she intends to travel throughout the state to speak to individuals facing challenges.
Linda began working with Main Line Rehabilitation Associates in late 2009 and progressed even further on her goals. With the help of her Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist, she developed a plan to work with a local farmer’s market to raise money for individuals with disabilities to purchase assistive devices and other services. At the time, Linda was exploring the benefits of having a service dog. She was accepted into a program and spent over a year getting to know the right dog and raising money to pay for the dog. Her Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist, along with a very supportive team including her Service Coordinator from Chester County Cerebral Palsy Association, helped Linda to develop strategies for memory, planning, and communication to help organize her efforts to get her dog.
First, she created special dog treats that she sold at the farmers market. With the money raised, she was able to pay for her service dog and all of his training. But she did not stop there! She continued to sell her dog treats at the farmers market and raised more money for a fund that would help others obtain service dogs.
Linda does not let her disability slow her down. She continues to make progress and is fully committed to advocating for all individuals with disabilities. Linda is truly an inspiration to individuals from all walks of life. She not only advocates and motivates individuals with disabilities but also teaches a lesson of compassion, resilience, and persistence to those abled bodied individuals that she touches.