Work! Finding My Way! Hi, I am Jan Staehely. I am excited to be writing this article telling about my journey finding a career. Just so that you won’t wonder, I am a person with a disability, and I communicate through augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). As a young person, the question of ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 1997
Work! Finding My Way!
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  • Janice Staehely
    Oregon Health Sciences University Portland, OR
    Assistive Technology Fellow
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 1997
Work! Finding My Way!
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 1997, Vol. 6, 12-13. doi:10.1044/aac6.1.12
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 1997, Vol. 6, 12-13. doi:10.1044/aac6.1.12
Hi, I am Jan Staehely. I am excited to be writing this article telling about my journey finding a career. Just so that you won’t wonder, I am a person with a disability, and I communicate through augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
As a young person, the question of what I wanted to do when I grew up was always a mystery to me. All I knew back then was that I wanted a job when it was time for me to get one. However, I didn’t know what I could do.
I remember when I was at a school for children who were physically disabled, my class was asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. We, of course, had big dreams of being doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, firemen, and policemen. Our teacher said “we had to be realistic.” Ever since that time, I was perplexed about at what I could excel when I grew up. Before then, I thought I would like to be a teacher, a spouse, and a mom. However, that little reality check threw a wrench in my plans. In a matter of minutes, my spirit for life was cut in half. What was I going to school for if I didn’t have a future?
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