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Spotlight On: Judith Hernandez

ACI: How long have you been with Ability Counts?
Judith Hernandez: I have been working with Ability Counts for four months.

ACI: What got you interested in this field of work?
Judith Hernandez: I have been around people with disabilities my whole life. My oldest sister is disabled herself, she has a huge heart and she has been a huge reason on why I’m working with people with disabilities.

ACI: What’s it like working with people that have disabilities?
Judith Hernandez: I love working with people with disabilities. They are the sweetest, hard working, humblest people that exist. It’s amazing to feel that you are somebody that makes these people’s days better by any little gesture you have with them. They are a huge reason I love to come to work.

ACI: What are your hobbies and things to do outside of work?
Judith Hernandez: I really enjoy spending time with my family. I enjoy going to the movies, going dancing, and of course to pamper myself here and
there.

Spotlight On: Blake Shimshock

ACI: How long have you been with Ability Counts?
Blake Shimshock: I have been working for ACI for 8 years as their Multimedia Instructor.

ACI: What got you interested in this field of work?
Blake Shimshock: The director at the time and I spoke on the phone and he asked if I was still making independent films and doing photography. I said yeah. He then explained to me that he wanted to start a media enclave.

ACI: What’s it like working with people that have disabilities?
Blake Shimshock: Working with our consumers is rewarding to me. I like how they get really excited when I show them how to do something cool with the cameras or in editing. It’s cool to watch their skills grow and how they work together as a team.

ACI: What are your hobbies and things to do outside of work?
Blake Shimshock: Well as most people know, I’m an independent filmmaker. Outside of the day job as they say, I do a lot of filming and still photography. I’ve been doing lighting and camera work for other people’s independent films. I also draw digital art. I am also writing a few Sci-Fi Fantasy screenplays.

Spotlight On: Letty Guiterrez

ACI: How long have you been with Ability Counts?
Leticia Gutierrez: I’ve worked at Ability Counts for 12 years.

ACI: What got you interested in this field of work?
Leticia Gutierrez: I have a cousin and a baby brother with a developmental disability. They’ve inspired me to do more ..to spread the love.

ACI: What’s it like working with people that have disabilities?
Leticia Gutierrez: I love it! They are the most amazing people ever. They are hard working, loyal, respectful, reliable and lovable people. More than I can say about most “Normal” people. My consumers give me strength to keep throwing punches. 🙂

ACI: What are your hobbies and things to do outside of work?
Leticia Gutierrez: I LOVE to shop ..for myself, my family and my friends. I’m open for anything really. I went fishing for the first time a few weeks ago and I did very good. I’m ready for more future adventures.  Life is too short and I have places to go, things to do and people to meet. 🙂

Spotlight On: Alma Reyna

ACI: How long have you been with Ability Counts?
Alma Reyna: I started working for Ability Counts on November 2009 but got hired through the company on August 2010 so I would say going on 8 years.

ACI: What got you interested in this field of work?
Alma Reyna: Well my Mothers brother had Epilepsy and I remember as a child I was terrified of him. So when a high school friend mentioned to me about the job I thought it would be nice to work with them since I never had that bond with my uncle, having passed years ago.

ACI: What’s it like working with people that have disabilities?
Alma Reyna: Working with people with disabilities is definitely rewarding and fun. It can get challenging at times but I LOVE IT! Just seeing how kind-hearted and smart they are makes me love my job even more. I’ve learned a lot from them as well.

ACI: What are your hobbies and things to do outside of work?
Alma Reyna: My hobbies are dancing, listening to music, watching movies, cooking, going on family outings, riding our boat and riding our dune buggy. Most importantly spending time with my daughter and family!

The Vehicle Maintenance Crew

Congratulations to our new Vehicle Maintenance Crew. With Job Coach Julian Bonseigneur, the Consumers in this crew learn the basics of auto maintenance and repair. Besides saving ACI on repair costs, this awesome crew is keeping the vehicles clean and safe. As the training progresses the crew will begin to offer detailing and safety checks to the public. This is a very exciting and needed addition to our ACI service.

 

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