GVRA Helps a Young Attorney Hit the Road

There’s an old adage that the wheels of government turn slowly. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When decisions are made that affect the population at large or involve taxpayer dollars, it’s important that the decision makers weigh the options carefully.

But sometimes, time isn’t a luxury.

In October of last year, Matt Cavedon was in a car accident. Matt, a 2015 graduate of Emory Law School who now clerks for U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, travelled a lot for work. Without a car, he couldn’t do his job, which requires that drive all the way from Waycross to Savannah.

Matt first entered the orbit of Vocational Rehabilitation while growing up in Connecticut. They provided him with adaptive transportation among other things.

Under ideal circumstances, when a person is in an accident they can get a rental or find a quick replacement but Matt uses a car that has been adapted with hand controls, and these are much tougher to come by, with the mechanical accommodations often taking months to be retrofitted into the new vehicle.

That’s when Matt’s GVRA Counselor Gale Speich acted. Quickly.

Prior to his release from the hospital in January 2017, GVRA had already purchased and had hand controls added to a car, altogether ensuring that Matt wouldn’t have to change the way he works or modify his workload.

But more than that, he said, having a car went beyond meeting his career obligations. It also gave him the freedom to live where he wanted and to move about the world as he saw fit.

“Having independence is huge. Independence is dignity and spontaneity,” he said. “The thing I realized when I was in the hospital is that being able to do what you want does so much for your worth as a person.”

Matt said that he is grateful to Gale Speich and to GVRA for allowing him to regain his independence after his accident.

“I’m very much appreciative for all the help I received,” he said.