Upon receiving an associate degree
in applied science from the Office Administration program at Wake
Technical Community College, Kristine Hughes struggled initially to find
her dream job.
She felt she was too slow to take
on an administrative role for organizations that required fast
administrative skills and felt that positions she applied to did not
allow her to utilize many of her skills and training as an Office
Kristine, who lives with Fetal
Alcohol Syndrome (FASD), shared that, "Working for Special Olympics
North Carolina has always been my dream job.” When asked to volunteer as
an administrative assistant once a week, she excitedly accepted the
Eventually, her volunteerism became
part-time employment and today she remains an administrative assistant
and is also the athlete leadership manager.
Working with Special Olympics NC has made her feel useful in a society that she feels sometimes makes it hard for individuals with disabilities. She said, "I’ve become more independent and responsible, both financially and in everyday life, thanks to this job.”