For many fitful months I'd tried writing for this newspaper. I wrote and typed stories, hoping to compile a multi-story submission showcasing my range.
Looking back, I can't believe how long it took me to write the most basic stories.
It's also clear what helped me succeed: vocational rehabilitation buying me my first computer.
The technology gave me the efficiency to quickly edit and submit stories that led to my first professional position. The computer also gave me confidence and sharpened my commitment to writing.
Vocational Rehabilitation has that power. Of all the federal programs designed to help persons with disabilities become self-sufficient, there's something about the voc rehab -- its narrow scope, tight timeline, and goal orientation -- that enables it to be a true difference maker.
This week, I interview Amy Clark, a vocational rehabilitation counselor in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, who covers the basics of this life-changing program.