Meet Ashley, a vibrant individual in her late 20s living with CHARGE syndrome.

Ashley’s success began in HKNC’s MPower program, where she laid the foundation for her future. Back home, with the assistance of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, she initially secured employment as a janitor but yearned for more fulfilling work. Recognizing her long-term goal to work with animals, Ashley connected with the Region 1 DeafBlind Employment specialist at HKNC.

Swiftly securing a position as a Small Petcare Associate at PetSmart, Ashley thrived. However, when faced with reduced hours, she didn’t settle; instead, she leveraged HKNC’s support to secure an even better job as a dog washer at a local pet store. This not only boosted her income but also fulfilled her passion for working with animals.

Beyond her vocational success, Ashley’s supportive family reached out to HKNC for guidance on housing, SSA benefits, and future support needs. The collaborative effort involved a meeting with Ashley, her boyfriend, and a dedicated support team including the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

Ashley’s story shows how HKNC’s tailored programs and our collaborative approach, coupled with a strong support network, can empower individuals to overcome obstacles and pursue their dreams.

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