Katherine Leigh Myers was inspired to follow her career path by her son, who is a quadriplegic and nonoral. After receiving his first communication device to help him speak, Ms. Myers decided to conduct training of such equipment for other patients and their families. She received a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services from Wright State University, and then went on to earn a Master of Science in rehabilitation counseling in severe disability.
Ms. Myers is an assistive technology specialist at the Wright State University Office of Disability Services; she is presently the Personal Care Assistance Program Coordinator. At Wright State, where she has worked for 23 years, Ms. Myers oversees the personal assistance station, assisting incoming freshmen as well as returning students, and trains personal assistants. In her role, she works with students with a wide variety of disabilities, serving as a case manager, making sure they have the accommodations they need, and matching them up with the technology that will help them be as independent as possible.
Ms. Myers prides herself in keeping the department intact during difficult times. She lives her life as God would want her to and attempts to do each day what Jesus would do. Ms. Myers started a disability-related scholarship to honor her father, Richard Milling, which was presented to a Wright State University student in April 2017. She has presented at the California State University Northridge Conference on Technology and People with Disabilities and at the High Ground Conference on Assistive Technology. Furthermore, she is co-chairman of the board of Rob’s Rescue, an organization that provides education and awareness for the need for training and preparation for families and emergency responders in dealing with those with special needs of all ages. In addition, she is a leader in her church for the Celebrate Recovery® program, formed to help those suffering from addiction, anxiety and co-dependency.
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