Advocating for people with disabilities

Monthly Archives: December 2010

December 15, 2010 was the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) Christmas party. The party was held for their Spinal Cord Injury patients, and I was able to present 25 gifts to the guest and patients, on behalf of SJ Wilkes and FMS Treasury’s Equal Opportunity and Organizational Enhancement (EOOE) office. In addition, there were two lucky winners, who won special gift bags donated by SJ Wilkes. Santa helped me distribute the gifts, and I enjoyed rolling around with NRH mascot Vic, and meeting and greeting the vendors, staff, and other guest. You did a great job organizing the party Shannon.
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On September 9, 2010, I held a Q and A discussion session with some of the local Boy Scouts. The discussion was held at SJ Wilkes, LLC. The Scouts needed the session so they could earn their “Disability Merit badge.” During our discussion they asked questions such as, “should I ask a person with a disability if they need my help, or should I just offer my help to them?” I answered the question by saying, “People perceive things differently, but if you see someone in need of help…just help them. While we all like to be as independent as possible, we all need help, sometimes.” I am proud to say the young men received their “Disability Merit badges,” and on December 11, 2010 two of the Scouts had their Eagle Board of Review. Both of the Scouts passed, and they are now Eagle Scouts. These Eagle Scouts are eager to help people with disabilities, in any way they can. Congratulations to you both!
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On December 4, 2010, the National Church of God in Fort Washington MD…hosted PG County Executive Rashern L. Baker III Inauguration Gospel Event. The program was a joyous event. Afterwards, I was able to briefly speak with Executive Baker. In my opinion, it was not the place to discuss concerns and issues about people with disabilities, but I have future plans to meet with Mr. Baker in his office in the near future. Stay tuned?
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