In learning about SVILC I became engaged with the disability community in a way I never had prior. I met many disabled people, leaders in our civil rights movement, and became exposed to a disabled history and culture that I never knew existed. I volunteered for several months with SVILC and then eventually was hired part-time as their marketing and communications specialist. Shortly after leaving SVILC I was invited to serve on the Board for the Center of Independence for Individuals With Disabilities (CID) which serves people one county north of SVILC. I've been on the CID Board for going on five years now. It is some of the most fun and rewarding work I have ever done in my life.