Pamela Tulley

My name is Pamela Tulley and I want to tell you about the great work that the Instructors at the Donka Labs in Wheaton have done. About eleven years ago I was in an auto accident that caused a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and left me in a coma for 10 months. Prior to all this, I was an Administrative Assistant and a Tax Preparer and was self-sufficient. After the coma, I was made aware of Donka, Inc., and their work to assist individuals with disabilities to use computers independently. I started to take classes with my original goal to become knowledgeable and proficient in Excel, to be able to assist my work with numbers. My instructor had a goal to get me to confidently use the computer in ways that I never guessed. Then the staff felt I would benefit from using Dragon, a program that allows you to speak to the computer. I’ve seen that Dragon is a program that will help immensely in my General Office/Clerical position.

I’ve observed a number of severely disabled persons become rather proficient using the computer – a change possibly for employment, a link to communicate with others and most of all, a boost to their self-esteem.