Nicole Malo

“To think how prescient PYD was in the world on this landscape for the advocacy, for the empowerment, and for the inclusion for people with disabilities.” 

 

Interviewee: Nicole Malo

Interviewer: Mary Rose D., Grade 11

Interview Date: February 26, 2015

Interview Location: Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Boston, MA

Student Reflection:

After my interview with Ms. Malo, I learned that PYD is an organization that helps all different kinds of people with disabilities through a variety of programs. PYD has been around for thirty years and has been the voice for youths with disabilities since before the Americans with Disabilities Act was even put into effect. PYD offers mentors for youths with disabilities and these mentors serve as guides, coaches, and companions for their mentees. Through their Mentor Match program, PYD helps youths with disabilities grow and become strong, independent people. It is clear that PYD has had such a positive effect on the disabled community of Massachusetts and has brought change into the lives of others for many years. Ms. Malo felt very fortunate and happy to be a part of an organization devoted to empowering young people with disabilities to feel loved, cared for, and listened to.

 

“Knowing what the organization does and having them close to my heart, the connection was really easy to be made.”

“Strategize for the growth that could be percolating.”

“It helps put me in their shoes, what does this person have to do to overcome the challenge.”

“The thousands of mentors and mentees, families that have really had a positive quantitative change their lives.”

“To think how prescient PYD was in the world on this landscape for the advocacy, for the empowerment, and for the inclusion for people with disabilities.”