2017 PCA Stipend Recipient Dr. Jones
Dr. Vovanti Jones shares how The Speak Foundation has helped her to get to work daily.
For many Americans with disabilities, job readiness is a huge challenge every morning. Dr. Vovanti Jones knows all about this struggle. Vovanti has a form of Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD2B Dysferlinopathy) requiring her to use a mobility scooter- a challenge indeed for a doctor who works with patients. As a physician, Vovanti faced the challenges of a residency program that often required very early morning hours and even overnight stays at the hospital.
Having a disability didn’t stop her from achieving her dreams of becoming a doctor. A graduate of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Vovanti earned a BS in biological Sciences and went on to graduate from the Washington University School of Medicine.
This is when Dr. Jones heard about The Speak Foundation’s new program which provides funding to qualified full-time employees with disabilities in the USA to pay for critical personal care support. This program was just the opportunity Vovanti needed to finish her residency.
She shares how the Speak Foundation helped her through the Personal Care Attendant Stipend Program:
“The PCA program has helped make my mornings easier as I get prepared to go to work. With the assistance of my PCA, I am able to manage some personal care matters in a quicker, more efficient way. I appreciate everything that my PCA does to help me keep moving.”
Applications are now available for our PCA stipend program. If you live with a form of Muscular Dystrophy, reside in the US, and work full time, you may be qualified. Click here for qualifications.