I’ve been involved with ODC for quite a few years now. They helped me get my job and provide job coaches that help me have successful employment.

In 2016 I was nominated for their achievement award and even though I didn’t win it – I was left ecstatic! In school I never won awards or anything like that. My mental illnesses and dyspraxia disorder (only recently found a name for it) left me feeling pretty dumb and like I would never be able to achieve anything.

In 2017 – my dream came true. I was again nominated for an achievement award and I won! People thought I was awesome and most of all I thought I was worthy of it (after telling my insecure self to go where the sun don’t shine!)

The award night was amazing. Spent with family and friends who knew how hard I’ve fought to get to where I am today.

I was able to take my award plaque home that night but had to wait a year to take home the cool poster as it was hung up at ODC until it could be replaced with 2018’s achievement recipient!

The time came and my poster is now hanging up in my apartment!

Thank you ODC for helping me become the person I am today. And for recognizing that people with disabilities can achieve great things too!!

I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I am more than my mental illness and my dyspraxia. I am a human being!

Always Becoming Katie Butterfly!

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