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21 Year Old Blind Disabled Jennifer Seeks Means To Move To Colorado

by Jennifer Ribecca
(Germantown, Maryland, USA)

Hello. My name is Jennifer. I'm 21 years old and am currently working on a bachelor's degree at the University of Phoenix.

I was born with congenital glaucoma, which is a form of blindness. While this hasn't stood in my way of learning to cook and travel, it is standing in my way of obtaining a job.

The second an employer sees a blind person walk into their office they haven't the foggiest idea what to do.

So what do they do?

They go ahead and interview with you and at the very end say, "Well, you just don't have the experience to work here." While that may be true, you can't obtain experience if nobody gives it to you.

I'm currently residing with my sister, her husband and their two children. Of course I help out where I can, but the minimum amount of Supplemental Security Income doesn't quite cover enough of the rent and bills for me to truly be putting in my fair share.

If I had my way I would be residing in Colorado. Having attended the Colorado Center for the Blind in 2008, I know I have plenty of resources out there to help me find work once I found a place to live.

So you may be thinking, "So what's the problem?" The problem is I don't have a cushion to live comfortably out there. I have a nice basement to myself here and no work.

I have wonderful resources and transportation out in Colorado and no money. It's what numerous people would call a lose-lose situation.

I can continue going to school online. If I move it's just a question of having the money to do so.

I feel I would be a lot happier and a lot more successful out in Colorado and would be forever grateful to anyone who can help me.

But all I can do now is await your verdict. God bless you, Jennifer Ribecca, Germantown, Maryland.

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