YES! Young Empowered Self Advocates/Center for Accessible Living
We are proud to induct Donna Fox into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.
Donna Fox is employed at the Center for Accessible Living as a Youth in Transition Coordinator with emphasis on preparing young adults for life after high school. This includes teaching self determination, independent living skills and self advocacy. Being physically disabled since early childhood she understands the importance of and the need for the knowledge, experience, and practical help gained from trainings and peer support.
Donna mentors several peer mentor groups:
The YES! group serves youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provides information and skills required for gaining independence. Currently, the YES! group has meetings in the community and has created a program within the public school system.
Kentuckiana Parents with Disabilities serves as a support network for disabled adults who are currently or hope to some day become a parent.
Advocates in Motion is an all ages, any disability advocacy group that teaches self and system advocacy and encourages individuals with disabilities to advocate for the needs of themselves and others in the disability community.
Donna has a passion for educating others, including teaching disability awareness and sensitivity trainings. This permits her to raise awareness to disability, discuss the removal of attitudes and barriers and educate through lecture and interactive role playing.
She has served as an ambassador for Kentucky’s third congressional district and has served as an advocate on local and national levels. She has participated in “fly-ins” to Washington D.C. where she has spoke on issues, including the need for quality and affordable healthcare.
Donna earned her Associate Degree in Human Services from the University of Kentucky and her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Louisville. In her free time she loves photography, writing, and spending quality time outdoors.
What does mentoring mean to me?
As someone with a disability, I hope and believe mentoring can make a significant impact to the lives of young people with disabilities. Mentoring can assist in becoming self-aware, gaining skills, building networks and creating opportunities for youth and young adults. Together these things help an individual to enhance their personal growth and allow them to reach their fullest potential.