Jeff, Kara and Leanne discussed finding financial assistance to maintain independence, build a support network and manage disability supports.
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Leanne is a Community Support Worker with the South East Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service. She is a tireless and enthusiastic advocate for youth.
Kara Reid is an occupational therapist who has been a member of the Paediatric Team at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation since 1999. She works with youth and families from across New Brunswick in collaboration with a fantastic team at the Centre.
Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 at 10 months of age, Jeff was not expected to live past the age of two. Today, at age 41, he is a quadriplegic and relies on 24-hour attendant care – but there is no holding him back.
Jeff works full-time, has a graduate degree in Human Resources and is a certified Human Resources Professional. He has been identified as one of New Brunswick’s 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, attended the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and has been the recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, NB Disability Awareness Week Award and the YM/YWCA Leaders to Watch.