Laura Martinez brings her passion for cooking to her job at Charlie Trotter's Restaurant in Chicago. She was recently featured in a news story on WFLD-TV Fox 32 in Chicago.
"DRS has given me the opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge to the best of my ability. I am also more independent economically and personally," said Martinez.
Martinez, a graduate of The Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI), received vocational assistance that helped make her dreams a reality.
DRS helped Martinez get started by paying for tuition and fees and chef training at Le Cordon Bleu, College of Culinary Arts. They also helped with job placement, purchase of adaptive devices, orientation and mobility, transportation allowance, a personal assistant for on the job training, and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) services and devices.
In her job at Charlie Trotters, Martinez is cooking and handling food preparation. Staff at Charlie Trotter's have also taken Laura under their wing and started providing her with supportive job assistance, thereby removing the need for a personal assistant she once had.
Charlie Trotters is another example of how partnerships between the state and businesses can lead to employment for people with disabilities.
To learn more, call 1-877-761-9780 Voice, 1-866-264-2149 TTY, 1-866-588-0401 VP, or read about DRS's Services. Refer yourself or someone else for services using the online Rehabilitation Services Web Referral.