Chris works for Tri-County Association for the Blind, where he became a supervisor and now works as a maintenance worker. Having a job means that he can be more independent. Not only can he provide for himself, but he has the satisfaction of knowing that he’s benefitting others as well. “It feels good to have others tell you that your job is well done, and it’s gratifying to do something you love,” he says.

Adjusting to his job was a little difficult at first, but over time as he worked with people and they began to understand him, things became easier. Chris learned to take responsibility for himself. It’s easy to use your disability as an excuse, says Chris, but you need to take responsibility for yourself and not let your disability take it for you.