Yvonne Garris is a trained social worker, advocate, and coach and counselor to the newly disabled and their families who also happens to be blind.
She lost most of her vision at age 40, and had to quickly adjust to her new life as she would come to know it.
She went through the blindess agencies in Pennsylvania to receive training in daily living skills, computer skils, and to be prepared to attend college.
She would go on to get her degree in social work, but her real value to her clients comes from having to live with and overcome all the hurtles that go along with becoming disabled over night.
Her passion is helping people and their families adjust to their new lives so they can thrive as individuals. She doesn’t just want her clients to exist she wants them to thrive.
Have you ever wanted to just yell at the top of your voice, hey I’m still me?
Do you wonder what you are going to do now?
Do you feel like no one hears you since you are disabled?
I want to help you feel empowered because that is something that I struggled with for a long time.
Back in 2004, I lost most of my sight and while I had people to help me relearn my daily living skills, I did not have anyone to tell me what I was now suppose to do with the rest of my life.
All I was getting from the people around me were things like: “Oh it’s great you can tie your shoes”, or “It must be so hard”, or … you can fill in your own blank.
I kept thinking I am still me, I just can’t see (very much).
I got sent to rehab to learn computers but, no one ever really addressed all the challenges I would now be facing.
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. ”
Connect With Yvonne
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yvonnegarris