Honored to be appointed by Virginia Governor McAuliffe.

I never thought I’d be able to say that I was an appointee to a gubernatorial administration. Even more importantly, I never thought I’d be able to say that I am a gubernatorial appointee working toward quelling his own hangups and admitted anxiety about working with others with disabilities.

But here I am.

Last summer I wrote this blog post. It was all about becoming more comfortable in social interactions with others with disabilities. Physical, motor, learning, intellectual, whatever – I realized that, as socially just as I try to be, I didn’t always demonstrate what I espoused. And that was a time for me to change that.

Now, thanks to the great support of some back at home in my Blacksburg community, I can proudly and firmly say that I am working on that. And now that I’m stable, and situated, back in Virginia quite firmly, I want to share that news with you all here.

With Governor McAuliffe and Dr. Steger back in the spring of 2014!

The Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, appointed me to his administration as a member of the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Through this position, I represent HESONWHEELS as founder and owner, and as a business/industry representative, specifically. We provide advice to the Commonwealth’s Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired regarding vocational services provided to consumers, pursuant to Title I and Title VI of the federal Rehabilitation Act. This position finds me working extensively with others with disabilities, particularly those who are blind and/or vision impaired. I saw this appointment as an opportunity to both provide some great input and advice as a former recipient of rehabilitative services in the Commonwealth, and also to develop personally and quell those anxieties I mentioned back in August.

See the special news release from Gov. McAuliffe’s office here.

I found out, and took the oath, and completed much of the formal niceties back in December 2014, nearly 4 months ago, I didn’t want to make the formal announcement until I had actually DONE something. Being appointed is all nice and dandy but that’s never really JUST been my thing – it’s about the meaning and the value of the work that you’re actually able to produce as a result of that appointment.

The board met for the first time, with me as a member, last week. Unfortunately – I still haven’t done anything! I had already committed to presenting in Austin, Texas at South by Southwest Education, so I wasn’t able to make it back in time for our meeting in Richmond. However, now that I’ve gotten deep into the minutes, have been a part of many-a-email-traffic, and am getting incredibly excited by some of the work this great board is doing, I felt particularly moved to share this announcement with you all.

Thanks for reading!

March 25.

I was running some errands in Fredericksburg this evening when I ran into an old friend while driving. An hour later, I was hanging out on her kitchen floor with THIS guy. His name is Benny. TELL ME HE IS NOT THE CUTEST?!


March 23.

Guys. I hardly even made it home from work today. I was down for THE count. And then I slept from like 5 pm – 12 am. And on into the next morning. NOT a fun day. But this was what I saw for most of it. Gotta focus on getting better!

March 21.

A hectic day spent very under the weather, but still got out for a little bit to enjoy some time with Bill P. & Sara C.! This is her neckless - it's a little cup that says "Everyone Loves an Irish Girl."
A hectic day spent very under the weather, but still got out for a little bit to enjoy some time with Bill P. & Sara C.! This is her necklace – it’s a little cup that says “Everyone Loves an Irish Girl.”