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I would like to introduce the next host in Trending Topics engaging us in discussion around SSI.
Marlene Swarts is the regional representative for Region 10 (Northwestern region). Prior to joining HKNC, she worked for 20 years at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services , Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) as a rehabilitation counselor for the deaf , which includes hard of hearing and deaf-blind. Marlene also has experience as a deaf-blind specialist providing 1:1 services to individuals seeking employment , advancement and maintaining current employment status. One of her strengths is working with individuals have additional disabilities and require long term supports. Marlene has a MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Washington University. Marlene's philosophy is everyone has a right to make their own life decisions regardless of the degree of their disability. She views her role as assisting individuals/families/providers with gathering information in order for them to make an informed choice.
I look forward to this opportunity to tap into this very valuable resource!