FAIRBORN, OH, January 29, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Katherine Leigh Myers, Assistive Technology Specialist for the Office of Disability Services of Wright State University, has been recognized as a Distinguished Professional in her field through Women of Distinction Magazine. Katherine Leigh Myers will be featured in an upcoming edition of Women of Distinction Magazine in 2017.
Graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Education in 1994, Katherine Leigh Myers was first inspired to follow this particular career track because of her son Rob who, at the time, had recently received his very first communication device to help him. He was both a quadriplegic and non-oral.
"Originally, I was pursuing a degree in engineering, but I fell in love with my son's technology and I realized that not enough people were participating in training," Myers said. "I decided that I didn't want to design the equipment that he relied on for everyday use, but I wanted to be the one conducting the trainings for other patients and family members."
After completing her first degree, Myers later went back to Wright State University to earn her Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling in Severe Disability, which she completed in 2005. Since earning her first degree in 1994, she has spent time as an Adaptive Technology Specialist, Assistant Director, and Associate Director, and is serving as an Assistive Technology Specialist, all at her alma mater, Wright State University.
"My son has always been one of my main sources of inspiration," she noted. "He is the one who taught me that when times are tough that you must keep going no matter what. He has also shown me that living one day at a time was not necessarily a bad thing but what God expects us to do. When I would come home from work and had to study, but was dead tired and mentally exhausted, he would smile at me in a way that only he could smile, and that was all I needed to keep pressing forward."
In Myers's role, she has the privilege of working with college students with a wide variety of disabilities. She serves as a Case Manager, making sure that they have the accommodations they need, and she is also responsible for making sure that each of them are matched up with technology that will help them to be as independent as possible. Working one-on-one with students and staff members within the department, she is also involved in the recruitment and retention of students with disabilities with her co-workers.
"I get the pleasure of witnessing these students come to the university like any other young person and watch them grow and mature before leaving far more independent when they first arrived," Myers added. "It's a wonderful feeling."
Myers previously taught graduate level courses at Wright State University on Assistive Technology for several years. She has presented numerous times in her field as well, including at the California State University Northridge Conference on Technology and People with Disabilities and at the High Ground Conference on Assistive Technology. She's also been involved voluntarily as a Representative on the Very Special Arts Committee for their annual spring festival held at the University for those with special needs, is Co-Chairman of the Board for Rob's Rescue, an organization that provides education and awareness for the need for training and preparation for families and emergency responders when dealing with those with special needs of all ages, those that are grossly obese, and the elderly, holds a leadership role within her church through their Celebrate Recovery program, which was formed to help those suffering addiction, anxiety, co-dependency, and more, and sings in the church choir.
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