Who am I – COM0014, Post 5

The age old question of existence.

Okay not quite so deep for this post but still a tough one, feels like bragging and I feel like it is not polite to brag (not sure why? It just is).

What makes me so special? I help people succeed. My job gives me the opportunity to help the students I work with achieve their goals.

Awesome (no, no I am awesome, awesome that I am given such a positive opportunity).

As an Assistive Technologist I help students at Algonquin College achieve success regardless of their abilities. The main role of an AT at Algonquin is to assess a student’s functional limitations caused by the impact of a disability on a student’s course of study and their access to the college.

I have been working at Algonquin for almost 15 years and as a person with a disability I have relied on Assistive Technology for 25 years. I have a lot of experience not only in exploring and teaching AT but using it to overcome my own functional limitations.

I pride myself in being student focused, I do work in Student Support Services after all. Being an alumni and current student brings a level of insight and empathy that only comes with experiencing some of the same things as the students I work with.

I enjoy meeting new people, getting to know their stories, working with them towards success. Most days I work with the same 5 or 6 tools (the best tools work for a lot of different reasons) and I remember with pride a remark from my manager at how enthusiastic I am every time I show the same tools. It’s easy to be enthusiastic when you love what you do.

When I encounter a challenge that is new I find it exciting and I am not afraid to admit to someone that this is something new and that we will have to work through it together. I love a challenges and I am creative about solving them.

Some of the qualities that make me great at what I do:

  • Experience
  • Empathy
  • Enthusiasm

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