After of years of working physically demanding jobs with a physical disability, Armando discovers a new avenue towards a career right for him.
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Armando - As far as education was concerned, I didn’t think that was my path – to go to school and get a degree.
So I always worked physical labor jobs, despite having a physical disability which I was not too aware of. I was working as a custodian – very physically taxing on my body – but as soon I started to be more aware of my physical disability, I started to look for different ways of actually get through school and maybe getting that help or support, so I can get an education and get into a field of work that allow me more longevity and actually (a) better work environment.
I was taking pain pills - all these symptoms were pointing in the direction that “Hey, maybe you should look for something else” - but at the time, I didn’t feel like I did have anywhere to turn until I did find out about the DOR.
I did go to junior college for a while, took some general education – Did not have a specific focus, did not have a specific path - That’s actually one of things DOR really helped me with is helping get that perspective and get that focus as far as where I want to go.
It was my door to leave physical labor. Whatever barriers I thought were there were slowly going away because there was so much support throughout the process. That support actually helped just leave a lot of the worries that I had that were associated with having a job, to be able to focus on school, and then focus you know on rehabilitation and kind of healing myself so that I wouldn’t…so all them physical ailments that I had before actually were starting to go away.
I plan to just be honest and loyal and just be appreciative of where I’m at.