Faces of ILNS

Get to know the #FacesOfILNS - each Friday we will highlight a consumer, staff member, or board member so you can get to know more about ILNS.

Noah is enrolled in our Student Self Manager Program and just graduated from NSCC. Get to know Noah: 

Q: What are a few things everyone should know about you?

A: I live with my mother, father, and younger brother. A strong value in my family is that we each do our best to help each other. Since birth, I have lived with quadriplegia from cerebral palsy and I’m also legally blind due to cortical visual impairment. I can feed myself and can use a computer with adaptive software. Despite these limitations, I have been very successful in my post-secondary education to date, thanks to my patient, resilient, and caring attendants.  

Q: What’s your favourite part about ILNS' Student Self-Manager Program?

A: My favorite part is that with the help of Kevin Penny and all the staff at ILNS, I can hire my own assistants and be very successful in school. In my programs at NSCC I have been able to academically achieve more than I ever could have imagined. I would not be able to do this without the support of Kevin Penny, Carrie Ernst, and Tina Gascon. 

Q: How has your involvement in the Student Self-Manager Program helped you to be more independent?

A: With the assistance of very skilled and compassionate personal assistants and adaptive computer software, I have become much more independent in my computer skills, academic research, writing, and understanding the expectations of my classes and instructors.

Q: What’s one piece of advice you want to share with our audience?

A: I think it is important to be honest with yourself about what assistance you need to be successful with your goals. For example, when hiring a personal assistant you need to describe the job description very clearly, check references, and know what skills and qualities you need from a personal assistant.

Q: What’s one future goal you have for yourself?

A: I really love learning and being in school. I look forward to continuing my studies in Criminal Justice by pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology from St. Mary's University.  

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

A: If you are looking to apply to university as a student with significant disabilities, I recommend St. Mary's University; they have the Fred Smithers Center which has very kind and knowledgeable staff who know how to address special accomodations.

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What’s your favourite part about being involved with ILNS?

"My absolute favourite part is hearing about the multitude of programs and projects facilitated by ILNS. From the RISE Program to the Community Access Program, not to forget the innovative online platform ImSET. As well, hearing about the personal success stories from ILNS consumers and staff highlights the importance of the existence of ILNS."

-tim vassallo, ILNS board member

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