My Story—Alyssa Cowin

I learned through Project SEARCH to meet new people. I learned how to put doctors and nurses in the system on the computer, housekeeping, stocking.

Goodwill® had a job coach help me to get a job. They check on me and how things are going.

I work with the Office of the Secretary. I’m starting a new project called Disability Mentoring Day where we have meetings every month. The students who don’t have a job follow me or someone else around in a job.

prom dressMy favorite part of the job is seeing the governor and his wife, the First Lady. I spoke two months ago about my journey to appointment—what does it take. They have a transitioning conference, and other people were like, “I would like to learn more information about Alyssa.” I had a PowerPoint.

My disability is a cognitive disability and Type 1 diabetes. I like to do sewing, make dog toys and cat toys. When I was in high school, I made my prom dress. It’s two pieces—a long skirt, and the top, you can see through, and then it’s lavender and purple. The skirt has flowers.

I like to learn new things and keep learning through my job.

Thank you, Goodwill, for supporting me.


5 comments on “My Story—Alyssa Cowin
  1. Alyssa was an intern in our office last year and she brought a joy and energy to the office that was much appreciated. She was willing to tackle all challenges and is missed by our staff.
    It is exciting to see her doing so well.

  2. This is a very good and impressive story about Alyssa. Good luck with you adventures.

  3. WOW!!!! Alyssa you are so popular!

    I am so glad that Goodwill has allowed you to share your story. THe DHSS Office of the Secretary was so very lucky you were chosen to work as an Office Assistant!!! Keep up the good work and continue to advocate and be the voice for the developmentally disabled of Delaware!!!!

  4. I like to sew. I make outfits. When I was fourteen, I made my summer wardrobe on a singer sewing machine that my Mother gave me. I liked the piano and am learning to type. I sew, and knit. I adore knitting and knit toys for my cat. I just finished a baby snake with a white stomach, green body, red eyes and a purple tongue. He likes to bat things on a string. I have lumbar problems when I try to do the normal cleaning and painting of a home.

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