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Motivational Speaker, Performer, Music Teacher

by Gail Hamilton

 Title of your position:

 Motivational Speaker, Performer, and Music teacher

Is this a current position or a position you held in the past?

 Current

Brief description of your duties:

 

I write and edit materials, emails and social media, phone calls, manage one-person staff, prepare and polish presentations, support all types of people with various mental, emotional, age, and physical disabilities.

 

Required experience/ education/ skills needed  for your position:

 

 

  • Expert in my field-MA in Psychology and counseling and MM in vocal performance
  • Published my memoir “Soaring into Greatness, a Blind Woman’s Vision to Live her Dreams and Fly”
  • Member National Speakers Association; and National Speakers Association of Colorado-NSA Colorado
  • Graduate of Colorado Speakers Academy
  • Previous engagements in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, North Dakota, and California.
  • Fourth Runner up in the National Ms Senior America Pageant
  • Almost forty years teaching individual and group piano lessons to children, adults, and seniors

 

 

Accommodations/modifications which allow you to perform your job/position

 

Computer with screen reader/JAWS

AIRA; sighted assistance on demand – assist on and off stage, traveling, office work and more.

Professional assistant

iPhone

Braille computer

Seeing Eye dog and/or white cane

 

How many hours a week do you work?

 

Outside the office, minimum 2/two; maximum 10/ten; however, this does not count the forty hours plus at home working.

 

What is a challenging aspect of your position and how do you work around it?

 

Obtaining sighted assistance for computer, websites, research, filling out contracts and promotional materials.

I’m getting around this by recently hiring an assistant and begun to use AIRA; however, I still need to acquire more visual help at a lower cost.

 

What is an enjoyable aspect of your position?

 

 Enjoyable aspect is touching and changing lives. Giving people the motivation to overcome and change any situation they find themselves facing. Giving others hope and knowledge they aren’t alone. And, inspiring them through my singing voice.

 

Anything else you want people to know about your position.

 

People who are blind face 90% unemployment rates still in 2019. Because of this, we sometimes are not seen as capable or valuable in the workplace. Most times, we are loyal, committed, and hard working. Accommodations allow us work and participate. We want to be seen as capable and work to be viable.


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