“Nobody ignores me. Nobody pushes me aside. They explain everything to me,” Broussard said. “Communication is key. It makes me part of the team.”
Snap judgments are one of the biggest challenges Broussard has faced in the workforce, he said.
“The way I feel is let me meet you. People say, ‘why didn’t you say that on paper?’ I like to be honest right off the bat. I just don’t like people making snap judgments,” he explained. “How to overcome that is to seek help. I can’t do it all alone. That’s why I have DRS because nothing is easy and DRS is like my angel. They always told me I could do it and broke that barrier for me.”
Pushing his long locks of hair behind his ears, Broussard explained that it also is important to him to give back to others in need. He is growing his hair out to donate it to Locks of Love as many of his family members have done before him. He said those with disabilities may not think they can pay it forward but they can.
Broussard said that individuals without disabilities should treat those with disabilities as individuals.
“I want them to know not to treat deaf-blind people differently. Sometimes people treat them like children. But don’t do that. Treat them like human beings just as you would anyone else. Just don’t act like they’re less. Everyone is an individual. Everyone is special.
“People with or without disabilities, I just want to say that if you have a dream, don’t let barriers stop you. You can be successful in anything you want.”
For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, call toll-free/TTY at 800-845-8476 or visit okdrs.gov.
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