AWT Helps Client with ALS Keep Job

Pam Grayboff analyzes data to identify business opportunities for hotels. She reviews data sets, creates charts and graphs, and communicates her findings to others via webinars and reports. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with ALS. When she began to lose the function of her arms and legs she was prescribed a wheelchair. As her physical challenges increased she realized she would lose the ability to operate a computer which would jeopardize her job.

Pam wanted to work so she applied for GVRA services. Her VR Counselor, Bennecia Gilbert, requested an AWT Assessment from GVRA’s Assistive Work Technology Unit. Rehabilitation Technologist Gigi Taylor visited Ms. Grayboff. Gigi conducted an in-depth assessment of her needs, consulted with other subject matter experts, and recommended various accommodations for Pam. Using a combination of assistive technologies, Pam uses her voice, head gestures, and eyes to perform essential job functions. Pam is giving-back by fundraising for ALS thanks to her newfound independence.

Pam recently used her phone independently for the first time in months and thanked GVRA through a personal video. She said, “To the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, a big shout out and hug for all of the support you’ve given me. Gigi and Michael are absolute rock-stars. It’s just unbelievable how they positively impact people’s lives. You know, my situation, I can’t use my arms or my legs, and I feel like today I’ve been let out of prison – to be able to take advantage of technology  - to stay connected with family, friends, and loved ones. So, thank you so much. I’m so appreciative.”