I first became involved with Extraordinary Ventures in 2010. I’ve built websites for them, helped with marketing, served on advisory committees, and helped organize the annual basketball camp.

As someone focused on marketing, I first saw the small business development and employment side of EV as being the most important. What I’ve learned over time is that, while employment itself is empowering, the combination of work, recreation, and socialization is what creates a truly rich and thriving community at EV.

EV is an organization that helps people with autism and other developmental disabilities pursue happiness. Happiness comes from the meaning, value, and confidence of employment. Happiness comes from strong social relationships. Happiness comes from belonging to and contributing to a community.

Working with EV has brought me to a greater understanding of what it means to live well, and how important it is to give everyone an opportunity to do so.