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National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2011
Miranda Levy—A Go-Getter with Determination

Miranda Levy was a go-getter and active with her vocational rehabilitation from the start. Levy has epilepsy and first contacted the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) for services in December 2005. Levy received her bachelor’s degree in religion with a focus on religious sociology from Walla Walla’s Whitman College in May 2008. While in her senior year at Whitman College, she contacted Seattle Mercer Street DVR to request a DVR case transfer to the Seattle area. While on break from school, Levy came to introduce herself and share her hopes for the future, and she promised to stay in touch. She lived up to that promise and stayed very involved with her DVR services.

An internship opportunity became available through a partnership between the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) Northwest and DVR. Levy landed the internship. Bill Youngman, DVR’s Mercer Street AT Specialist, did an assistive technology assessment, and the work area was fitted to meet her needs. She was subsequently hired by DBTAC Northwest as a training and information specialist after the internship was completed. Levy, with extensive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) , provides answers to questions about accessibility, employment, transportation and service animals. She also provides training on service animals and travel, the ADA and child care. Levy assists in creating marketing and educational materials for DBTAC Northwest. She was in charge of producing DBTAC’s 2008 calendar and did such a wonderful job that she was asked to produce the 2009 calendar.

Levy continues to increase her involvement with the disability community through volunteer projects with the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling. Levy is a fantastic young woman!

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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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