Mobility & Communications
Tony Fernandez who has been using assistive technology for many years has seen the innovation in device technology. From paper to the Dynavox, he's gone through all the changes. Tony recently received the Tobii Eye Gaze device. The eye gaze technology allows the user to communicate in real time, such as enabling quick responses and an extended vocabulary.
Margaret has worked at an assisted living program in Arlington for over 6 years but she recently embarked on a new career, working for the Everett Trader Joe's! Margaret's infectious smile and outgoing personality make her a perfect fit for Trader Joe's. Working with people is not a skill or strength for Margaret...it's a GIFT!
Ken Frye, who had been a long-time volunteer for KEXP Radio, has been working now for over a year as a paid employee for the station. Ken works for the Traffic department as a Traffic Log Reviewer. Ken accesses station programming archives online and listens to confirm whether specific sponsor promotions were aired.
In 2013, Mike was hired by the Seattle Fire Department to support the Human Resources Department at Fire Headquarters in Pioneer Square. Mike offers support around data entry and time cards, filing, archiving, and responding to incoming station service requests. He loves his job and hopes to stay with the fire department until he retires.
Home & Lifestyle
Give thirteen-year old Forrest Neander his choice of paints and a blank canvas and he'll create a masterpiece! Forrest began painting with the PROVAIL Art is NOT an Option! class in 2011 using acrylic paints. Recently, he's received two Awards of Merit from the Washington State PTA Reflections Program, first for his painting entitled "Fireworks" in 2012, and again in 2013 for his painting entitled "Racing". Forrest's piece "Fireworks" was selected as the November 2014 selection in the Shoreline School District calendar. His work has also been displayed at the annual Art Is Not An Option gallery shows, at two Northwest Special Artists shows in Edmonds, and at the Lyon's Den coffee shop in Bothell. Most recently his art was featured in an online magazine called "Courageous Creativity" in March 2014.
Martin Schuler, a member of Seattle Brainworks Clubhouse, was involved in a near fatal rollover car accident in August 2009. Walking away from a horrific car accident Martin had lived, but suffered a traumatic brain injury. Inspired by his Uncle who attempted to climb Mt. Rainier, Martin decided he could do it too. He has become an avid hiker and mountain climber having climbed some of the biggest peaks in the state. On April 18th, 2014 at 6:10 a.m., Martin hit the trail at Mt. St. Helens for the second time. They successfully summited Mt. St. Helen's at 4:13 p.m. where the breathtaking view gave them a panorama of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Martin's ultimate goal, the top of Mt. Rainier. Martin plans to climb Mt. Rainier the summer of 2015.