“MY DISABILITY IS ONE PART OF WHO I AM”
Since the time I was a little girl, I can remember always being a champion for my older brother who happens to have a developmental disability. I remember having to protect and defend him from many people who were uninformed and today I am still an advocate for Rayvone and others with developmental disabilities.
“I can recall when Rayvone was much younger, my family and I picked up a behavior of answering for him when someone asked him a question. One day I realized we were subconsciously setting low expectations by thinking he could not answer. I stopped immediately, since then, when someone asks me what Rayvone thinks or wants, I look at them and say, I don’t know ask him I am sure he can tell you.” Since that time, I have set the same high expectations for Rayvone as he has set for himself. Because of this, Rayvone has learned many things that most people never expected of him. Yes, his reading, writing and mathematical skills are still very limited, yet he still lives a life that most adults would envy. Rayvone has a successful job, his own car, and lives independently.
Rayvone later enrolled in LA Valley College for radio and television announcing. Despite his challenges in the classroom, Rayvone did very well on air and became one of the most successful disc jockeys on campus, which led to his popularity at school. Because if this, he was often asked by other dj’s to take over their shifts when they were unable to work. On the radio Rayvone played live music and interviewed celebrity guests. He later worked at Mega 100.3 radio station alongside the popular radio personality, Harvey the X man, a gig he developed on his own. Rayvone has his own business as dj and continues to perform paid assignments, as DJ Ray Ray.”
– Davina Douthard, CEO