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National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2011
Frank Grey—A Go-Getter with Attitude

Frank Grey is a highly motivated achiever with a go-getter attitude. Grey was born with cerebral palsy and also has communication barriers due to speech difficulties. Through diligence, hard work, persistence, creativity and ambition, Grey has created a successful life.

Grey came to the Washington State Division of Social & Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) in August 2006, after completing his law degree from Seattle University, passing the bar exam and conducting a lengthy, independent job search with hopes of practicing law. His job search efforts were incredibly innovative and creative. Once he landed an interview by having a balloon delivered with a bear inside holding his resume. Grey is not the type of guy to give up, but he continued to run into many dead ends, most likely due to misconceptions about his capabilities.

Grey’s DVR services were the result of collaboration among staff, from his counselor to the director. They worked together to provide him with such services as assistive technology to address his communication barriers and help with developing a professional resume. Grey was awarded a six-month internship with the Washington Workforce Association. He gained experience as a policy coordinator and received a positive job reference. In February 2010, Grey went to work full-time as a policy analyst at the Vancouver WorkSource. Grey has proven himself to be a valuable member of his team. In addition to his job at WorkSource, he teaches college-level law classes online and works at a law firm. Grey’s experience exemplifies the positive outcomes that occur through DVR’s teamwork and collaboration in providing services.

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Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Website: www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr

Disclaimer

This story was adapted from Working in Washington, the 2009 annual report of the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and is available, along with other success stories, at http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/Publications/2009DVRReport.pdf. Permission to publish it was given by DVR and Miranda Levy to the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Education. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government. Finally, the Department does not vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the referenced website; nor can it authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in the links on that site; users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked site.

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