When Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) Advocate Howard McBroom was growing up, he was severely mistreated due to his disability. Now, he isn’t afraid to speak up for himself and has made it his mission in life to teach others with disabilities how to advocate for themselves.
“I feel that we have to make our voices heard,” said Howard McBroom. “I was heavily bullied in school…I wish someone had advocated for me when I grew up.”
Howard has worked at ESSC since 2018 and has used his voice to teach other people with disabilities about advocacy. He wants people to know that they have choices in life.
“I feel like they get motivated just hearing Howard speak, and I think it motivates others to use their voice regardless of if they’re using it verbally, nonverbally, with their body language or facial expressions,” said Brian Nguyen, Program Director, Adult Day Services. “They feel empowered to do so because Howard is doing it.”
Watch the video below to learn more about Howard’s story and his advocacy efforts.
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