Daryl Young Redirects His Career After Rare Disorder Causes Paralysis

Daryl at work on his computer at Access Behavioral Health.

Getting out, at first, was a scary thing. You have to make yourself take that first step and Vocational Rehab is what got me to the first step.

One minute Daryl Young was working as an electrician at an industrial chemical plant and looking forward to becoming a full time deputy sheriff; the next, he was completely paralyzed from the neck down. He had developed transverse myelitis, a rare neurological disorder that causes inflammation of the spinal cord. “I thought I was having a heart attack,” Daryl says. “It progressed throughout the day, and by the end of the night, I was completely paralyzed from the neck down.”

After months of therapy and hard work, Daryl has recovered approximately 70 percent of the use of his body. He uses a wheelchair to get around. Because of his disability, Daryl knew that he needed to change his career goal, and that’s where Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) came in. “God blessed me with Eddie [Eddie Wiggins, Daryl’s VR Counselor],” he says. “He was miraculous in what he has done. I look at him as a friend, and there’s absolutely no way I could be here without his help.”

VR helped with a new wheelchair and made home and van modifications so Daryl could get around on his own. After discussing his job options, Eddie suggested that Daryl try a job in an office setting. Daryl attended a computer class; and then continued his training.

In order to get job experience, Eddie suggested that Daryl participate in VR’s On-the-Job Training program with Access Behavioral Health. According to Daryl, it turned out to be a win-win situation for himself and his employer. “It took the burden off of going into a new job and doing…

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