Washington State Department of
Labor and Industries Disability Awareness Fair was an outstanding
experience. I had no idea my state of Washington did so much, offered so
many programs to help educate and help... just as EFFORTS does. We were
one of many booths,
but all dealt with heath issues - we fit in quite nicely.
The Federal Way Fibromyalgia Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group was
led by Jodi Johnson, Support Group Leader and Cheri Babyak. Jodi is the
young girl in the picture holding a cane... she actually makes them and
embeds the cane with rocks.
The Olympia Sleep Laboratory was represented by Respiratory Therapist and
Polysomngrapher, Keith Schaefer. Austin C. Lampert, MD., PC is the
director and Board Certified in sleep medicine.
I would like to add that I
consider Clint Halliday and Laurie Schley among EFFORTS best friends in
Washington State. They have attended and supported EVERY EFFORTS event
we've put together - not only attended, they've pitched in and helped.
I'm thanking them publically because its due to devoted EFFORTS folks like
them that we can continue to help spread EFFORTS word... there is hope for
COPDers - EFFORTS support, education and advocacy.
Jim Watt, Senior Disability Analyst spoke on "Mental Health Support for
Disabled People and their Families."
John Evans, DSHS ..... "Windmills" training, interactive exercises to
recognize the role that attitudes play in the employment of persons with
Renae Wilkins, National Fibromyalgia Assoc. "Workplace Issues Surrounding
Amy Gilbrough, Attorney, Elie Halpern & Associates, P.S. ..... "Social
Denise Colley, Governor's Committee on Disability Issues & Employment ....
"Disability Awareness & Customer Service"
Robert Ott, President & CEO, Certain Victory Foods..... "Blinded at 21,
successful businessman & motivational speaker at 36..."
Patricia Ann Haldi, MN, Diabetes Educator, Saint Luke's Rehabilitation
Institute, spoke on Diabetes & Disability.
We had EFFORTS hand-outs from Gary, Mark, Pete and Edna, among others.
Also JJ's EFFORTS jazzy newsletters can't be beat for up-to-date
information - Laurie took care of the drawing, a $10 Fred Meyer gift
certificate. Our EFFORTS poster was fun to do and I'll make it better...
EFFORTS belongs in every Health event through-out the state.