Meet Lorie (Arizona)!
Lorie Sandaine is an Arizona APSE leader and CESP credential holder. She and moved to Tucson Arizona from Washington state. In this APSE podcast, Lorie and National APSE's Kari Tietjen speak about AZ APSE, NDEAM, and how Lorie found inspiration from her mother to do this work.
Luis Gallegos works at Ajo Bikes. Lorie shared Luis' story during the podcast! Luis participated in Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) where he did a work-based learning experience during the summer at his community employer, Ajo Bikes.
Ajo Bikes appreciated his work so much they hired him at the end of his work experience. This work placement focused on his interests and abilities so it was a successful job match. Helping Luis develop relationships with his co-workers has been most helpful in him being successful at maintaining his job. They all want him to succeed and consider him part of the team.
Luis continues to go to school and work. Luis had to learn to increase his work stamina and prepare for both working and going to school. Luis received support from his family, school, employer, and employment specialist and was encouraged to take breaks and participate in self-care so he can achieve a work-life balance.
"Stories like Luis inspire me. Luis reminds us that work provides a purpose and places individuals in an environment where their capabilities are recognized. They just need the opportunity!"
Disability Employment Awareness Month is over, but we want to continue sharing stories!