Jessica Blinkhorn Atlanta, GA 633 Votes
My name is Jessica Elaine Blinkhorn. I am an educator and artist from Atlanta, GA, and am living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a form of Muscular Dystrophy. Aside from my disability, I lead a pretty independent life. I am an Adjunct Instructor in the Arts at a local college, live with my best friend and his two awesome doggies in a quaint apartment located on the beltline, have an amazing group of Caregiver’s who help to facilitate my independence, and come from an amazing family who is always there in times of need.
I am entering the NMEDA’s LOCAL HERO Contest in hopes of winning an accessible vehicle of my own. It has been a goal of mine for several years but at this juncture in my life remains financially unattainable. I need an accessible vehicle. Why? I want to be the best teacher, mentor, and artist I can be. I use public transportation to get to and from work and though I am grateful, public transportation in my area is not always reliable. This, in turn, doesn’t convey the amount of dependability and involvement in both academia and society needed to achieve a Full Time Faculty Position.
I have accomplished a lot and have been through much heart break. My life is not easy but I make it work.
Should you read the stories of others and feel more inclined to vote for them, I encourage you to do so. I am honestly not the most deserving by comparison. I am just in need of as much attainable autonomy in this life as is possible. If you would like to know more, please watch the video link. Video shot and edited by Phoebe Brown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7F2yw5TQTo&feature=youtu.be