Telling your own story is a heroic act. Too often, people with disabilities are shunted aside; their opinions, needs and concerns are trivialized or ignored. In an information age, those who lack the necessary academic skills to read and write are marginalized. Not being able to use a computer, navigate the web or utilize a search engine are real roadblocks in the path to their independence, well-being and success.
Finding a way to tell the story of our organization wasn't an easy task. Luckily, I have a little experience in these matters. I learned to read at the age of three, and published my first poem in 2003. I scarcely remember a time when I was not passionately interested in reading, writing and telling stories. Early on, teachers told me I had a gift for words. This is the gift I wish to share with the world.
Finding your voice is a vital aspect of empowerment, sometimes requiring an almost Herculean effort. We at New Genesis have the unique opportunity to help our clients find meaningful ways of expressing themselves. In doing so, we will give them powerful tools to overcome the challenges in their lives and become more skilled advocates for themselves.
Books were more than just a hobby for me; they served as an escape hatch, a portal to other worlds, and a launch pad for my dreams. I spent long hours in the library as a kid, and participated in the Summer Reading Program every year. I once set out to read every book on the shelves! One of my goals as Program Director is to share my love of words with others, and help them find compelling ways to tell their stories.
Stocking our little library with some of our favorite reads has been a lot of fun, and we're creating quite the collection! We have a little bit of everything- fiction, non-fiction, reference books, modern literature and a few of the classics. Visitors can suggest titles they'd like to see in our Book Nook- we're always happy to hear from you.
Molly J. Anderson