Robyn Peyton, Case Management Director presented a mission moment submitted by Tara Barrett, DDRB Case Manager.
“M. is a studious young man who always knew what he wanted to become when he grew up- a College History Professor. History is his passion. If you get M. started on history, you will be knowledgeable in whatever the subject matter is by the end of the conversation. His passion absolutely shines through.
M. has Muscular Dystrophy. It does not define who M. is or what he can achieve. It is simply something that he navigates around.
When I took M. onto my caseload, he was a senior in high school. I was impressed with his fortitude. This is a young man that knows exactly what he wants in life, I had thought. Which is impressive for any 18-year-old! At that time, we began preparing for life after high school. Where did M. want to go to college? What accommodations would he need? The straight A student was courted by several area universities and finally decided upon St. Louis University. That’s when the team (M., his parents, Chris Howrey from Vocational Rehabilitation and myself) went to work. M. and his parents spoke to the university about accommodations and determined what would still be needed. Vocational Rehabilitation assisted M. with obtaining a new wheelchair that would handle bad weather and a new hitch for his vehicle. Meanwhile, I contacted several providers to see who would be able to provide Personal Assistance in M.’s dorm room. Finally, we found Living with Purpose of Missouri who hired M.’s three roommates to provide Personal Assistant support to him. It was a wonderful solution as M. would be familiar with them and have access to them in case of an emergency. M. is now coming to the end of his first semester and he reported to me that everything is going great. He loves school, enjoys living in the dorm during the week and is thoroughly comfortable with his roommates providing personal assistant services. He is thriving and making his dream come true. I am truly thankful to be a part of this wonderful young man’s journey to greatness. M. is an inspiration to everyone around him.”