I’m fortunate to be able to say my disability as a Deaf person has positively impacted my current career tremendously in a plethora of ways. I began working for my employer, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as an intern sponsored by the American Association for People with Disabilities. Almost immediately, I was noticed for my abilities, not for the disability I was born with. Shortly thereafter, a job offer came along. My hiring and onboarding experience was expedited and done with ease because I was a Schedule A Hiring Authority candidate, which streamlines individuals with a qualifying disability(ies) into the competitive federal workforce.
As a federal employee, I’m granted the accommodations I need upon request in order to deliver my best work. Because of the mission, values, and work culture my agency nurtures, I am seen. I am heard. I am valued. This is my first work environment where I’ve felt like I am not “lesser than” which generates my drive to empower others. The nature of my position allows me the opportunity to advocate through systematic efforts that support populations such as people with disabilities and targeted disabilities. I rise? You rise with me.