Born with cerebral palsy, Josh faced many obstacles growing up, including missing a lot of school due to five major surgeries. He was forced to miss at least two weeks of school at a time in lieu of each surgery, which caused his academics to suffer.
Josh was part of a highly supportive family growing up and his parents—both doctors—were able to connect Josh with the appropriate help. This support aided Josh’s college experience at Beacon College in Florida where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and an associate’s degree in Web Design.
Road to Independence
Following graduation, Josh wanted to enter the workforce and live independently, so he became a member of JEVS’ Philadelphia Independence Network (PIN), which empowers young adults with disabilities in a supportive co-ed community so that they can live fulfilling lives.
JEVS staff also assisted Josh in obtaining his first job at the airport assisting people with disabilities, and then his current position at CareerLink, where he helps people with job applications, resumes and finding job opportunities. In addition, he has a second job at Subrogation Strategies where he performs data entry.
Life Without Limits
With a solid support system of family, friends and JEVS staff in his corner, Josh is proving there are no limitations. He now lives in his own apartment by himself and maintains perfect attendance and a constant drive for growth at both of his jobs.
“With this job, I help people with applications, resumes—I’m starting to find my niche. This is my starting point in my human services career. PIN changed the outcome of my whole entire life. I live in an apartment. I have a social life. I like to hang out with my friends, watch TV, play board games.”