[PACapitalChapter] Hilly's artical

CAROLE cacruise at comcast.net
Wed Oct 30 01:12:03 UTC 2019

Hillary you should be so proud of your accomplishments based on the information shared in this article! I was very impressed by your Braille menu initiative but I have to say learning you are a competitive speed skater was just so very cool! I loved when you said it makes you feel free and you like going fast! I can picture you flying over the ice with a big smile on your face! Congratulations Hillary! You are an inspiration to younger blind/ASD kids who read about your successes and realize they can follow their dreams just like you have! 💗
Carole Cruise

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From: Hillary McFadden via PACapitalChapter
To: NFB of Pennsylvania Capital Chapter List
Cc: Hillary McFadden
Sent: October 29, 2019 at 7:17 PM
Subject: Re: [PACapitalChapter] Hilly's artical

Hi Elizabeth. You’re welcome. I’m glad you appreciate that I do a good job. Thank you! Hillary Sent from my iPhone > On Oct 29, 2019, at 6:16 PM, Elizabeth Medina via PACapitalChapter wrote: > >  Excellent job Hillary and great initiative. You are a leader in our community and an asset to the members of our community. After reading the article about you and the great work you do for the blind members in our co > Elizabeth Medina Rivera On Sunday, October 27, 2019, 08:28:26 PM EDT, Anna Walker via PACapitalChapter wrote: > > Here is the article about Hillary > > Anna C. Walker > > Speeding Toward Her Goals > > by Lynda Hudzick > > Growing up, Hillary McFadden did not enjoy eating out as much as she might > have because there were no braille menus available for her to review and > choose her meal. > > Blind since infancy, McFadden said, “As a blind individual, eating out can > be overwhelming because we constantly have to ask someone to read to us > what is on the menu.” > > As a young adult, McFadden decided to do something about the situation and > start her own business at the same time. > > “I came up with the idea of creating braille menus for restaurants that did > not have any menu to accommodate people with visual impairments,” she said. > “I met with a few of my favorite restaurant owners, explained my concerns, > and pitched my accommodating ideas.” > > Several of the establishments she spoke with were excited about her idea, > and now, they have become very satisfied clients. > > [Picture caption: McFadden at a local coffee shop, using her braille-writer > to create menus for her business.] > > “Being a business owner is cool because I get to create my own itinerary of > restaurants I would like to do business with,” McFadden said. “It’s > rewarding to be paid for services I am rendering in the community.” > > Of course, she has also been faced with rejection. > > “There were times I pitched my idea to restaurants [owners] who were not > interested,” she said. > > However, for her, the excitement of visiting a restaurant that is using the > menus she created, and witnessing someone ordering from those very menus, > definitely makes it all worthwhile. > > What makes the story of this young entrepreneur even more remarkable is > that McFadden is not only blind, but also on the autism spectrum. She works > with Keystone Autism Services’ Adult Community Autism Program, which, > according to the folks at KAS, offers “one of the nation’s leading > innovative programs to support individuals with autism spectrum disorders > as they seek to be included in the community.” > > With their support, McFadden has been able to create her own job when few > opportunities for traditional employment exist for someone like her. > According to a recent report entitled “The Case for Inclusion,” released by > the ANCOR Foundation, only 17% of Pennsylvanians with intellectual and/or > developmental disabilities work in competitive employment, working > alongside those without disabilities and earning market-driven wages. > > [Picture caption: McFadden reading a book to a class at Capital Area Head > Start.] > > “I’ve been a participant with KAS since August of 2010,” McFadden said. “I > enjoy working with the people who support me at KAS. They help me achieve > goals so that I continue to become more independent in my everyday life.” > > McFadden is not all work and no play, though. She is also quite the > accomplished speed skater, a sport that perhaps might not seem like > something in which someone with visual impairments could excel. She recalls > that when “speed skating was announced at school, I wanted to try it but > was told no.” > > The summer following that announcement, she attended the W.I.N.G.S. program > for the blind in Maryland, and it was there she learned that “the sky is > the limit and I can do anything I put my mind to. > > “So that next school year when speed skating was announced, I stated I was > interested in trying,” said McFadden. > > This time was different, though. When she again was told that she could not > participate, “my mom and I fought hard for me to be part of the speed > skating program,” McFadden said. “Eventually they gave in and allowed me to > speed skate.” > > She has been excelling in and enjoying the sport ever since. > > McFadden has participated in the Special Olympics winter games and the > winter state games. Training is hard work and takes a lot of time and > dedication, but it is all worth it because, as she said, “I love how it > makes me feel free on the ice, and I love going fast.” > > As a young woman who owns her own business and participates in a highly > competitive sport, McFadden wants others who have been identified as having > ASD to be encouraged and to keep “striving for what they want to achieve in > life,” she said. “It may be challenging, but fighting for what makes you > happy is key.” > > As far as what she wishes people would take the time to realize about those > with ASD? > > “People with autism are very smart,” she said. “We may have challenges > expressing what we want or need, but we are consistent and goal-driven > individuals.” > > Although she admits she is not quite yet where she wants to be in life, > McFadden also said, “I will continue to work on accomplishing my goals and > being a role model for those who are visually impaired and individuals > living with autism.” > > -- > Anna C. 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