WeCo Accessibility Services President/Founder, Lynn Wehrman, was born with, and raised alongside four sisters who lived with cognitive disabilities. They, and many members of their extended family, live with Epilepsy and major mental illnesses.
“From the time I was very young I was aware that we were different than other families. So many people in our extended family had Epilepsy that Columbia University included us in an extensive study on the disorder. Managing medication and symptoms was a natural part of life.”
Competing for jobs in a world that saw mental illness and cognitive disabilities as taboo, Lynn learned early on to never disclosed her cognitive disability in the workplace. “When working for a large national banking organization, disclosing my mental illness to a manager led to direct and ongoing harassment. When we were alone, he used to say things to me like, ‘You’re not going to go ‘postal’ on us, are you?’ That’s when I learned to hide my disability. But hiding my disability to make others comfortable isn’t going to change anything.”
I am a business owner/digital professional/executive first. A person who outgrew Epilepsy and who lives successfully with a major mental illness, second. Lynn Wehrman President/Founder, WeCo Accessibility Services
Prior to starting WeCo Accessibility Services, a digital accessibility consulting company where people living with disabilities make up most of the staff as SME’s, Lynn had begun to speak openly about her diagnosis of Clinical Depression and her successful treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, at employee events when she worked for the State of Minnesota.
Lynn continues to speak publicly to dispel the prejudices and misconceptions people living with mental illness face, through her work as WeCo’s President. She strives to make her life an open statement the defies the taboos of mental illness and cognitive disabilities by saying: “I am a business owner/digital professional/executive first. A person who outgrew Epilepsy and who lives successfully with a major mental illness, second.”