Today’s blog post is dedicated to Ms. Dana-Gaye Weller, who is a powerhouse of a woman! Dana developed muscular dystrophy from around 3 years old. She constantly defies the odds in her life and despite her condition remains optimistic for her future.
Twenty-six year old Ms. Weller is the middle child of three to her parents and a current resident of Kingston. She was born in Kingston but moved around to various places during her childhood. She attended Hampton High School before pursuing and completing her Psychology degree at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Following her time at UWI, she sought to empower other persons with conditions similar to hers. As such, she worked as as a teacher with Genesis Academy which is a school for persons with physical disabilities.
Muscular dystrophy is a debilitating condition that affect individuals by the weakening of their muscles. Weller sometimes uses a wheelchair but is not confined to it. For example, she would generally get around with a walker but she would leave her wheelchair at Genesis Academy where she worked to comfortably assume her roles and responsibilities. Presently, she’s fairly independent and for difficult terrains like stairs she assists herself by holding on to railings.
Weller identifies transportation as a major difficulty. “Getting from point A to point B is the hardest thing for me,” she said, in an interview. Unfortunately for Weller, her hands are not as strong as she would wish so she has problems lifting objects. She expressed how she is affected by this in the workplace and lamented that the inadequacy of job opportunities for special needs persons and overall exclusion from various activities hinder them from achieving full potential.
Since Weller developed this condition at a tender age she had learned to cope with it into her adult life fairly well. She admitted that she has accepted her illness and tries everyday to deal with the challenges as best as possible. Generally speaking, people have so far been very kind and helpful to her during her life’s journey. Weller remains positive by her daily mantra, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)”
So, how does Dana currently earn a living? Well, she learned how to make money online through Internet Income Jamaica. Weller found out about Internet Income Jamaica from the manager at Jamaica Council for Disabilities, Mrs. Christine Hendricks, where she volunteered. At this time she was unemployed so she felt it was a good option to pursue. She particularly liked the idea of working from home and the flexibility, ease and convenience it afforded.
Weller went to two classes where she was taught how to do micro-work on the internet as a freelancer. There, she was introduced to online workplaces and learnt how to identify her skills and offer them online. With the good training Weller received, she was able to set up her online business and started earning money from December 2014.
Internet Income Jamaica has opened up her knowledge to the new world of opportunities that the internet can provide. Weller has been hired to work on topics of research, transcribing of audio material and creating picture movies by using images to create slideshows or videos. She has also been given picture collages to collate and stories to narrate. Even though she has weakened upper limbs she still can type on the computer but does so less quickly than other people.
“Dana is an inspiration to all who meet her. She has a “no excuses” type of approach to life! I’m so proud that she is earning a living working online. I’m going to keep my eyes on this young rockstar,” says Alicia Lyttle, CEO of Internet Income Jamaica.
Weller encourages interested persons and new students to “keep an open mind.” She also wants people entering the training workshops hosted by Internet Income Jamaica to “go without doubts” about what they are capable of doing. However, she wishes people would “not go in expecting it will come easy without work.”
When not working at home and doing online work, Weller trains as a member of the Jamaica Para-Olympics Team, participating in the discus and club field events.
Go Dana Go! We are so proud of this wonderful young lady.
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