“Good morning. It’s nice to see you. I have a delivery for you. Would you like a newspaper?” asks Annie Kramer-Golinkoff, using head switches to access her Dynavox augmentative communication device. Annie maneuvers the hallways of JEVS Human Services’ administrative offices in downtown Philadelphia expertly with her power wheelchair, stopping at each office with this greeting. Employees come out of their office to greet Annie like an old friend, and Annie beams each time one says yes and takes the morning paper.
Annie, 22, has worked at JEVS for two years, first as an intern and since her graduation from HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy last year, as a volunteer. According to Nancy Astor Fox, chief development officer at JEVS and Annie’s supervisor, the non-profit recently extended a part-time job offer to Annie.
Read more about Annie and the positive impact she has had on JEVS Human Services in this story from Exceptional Parent.