Lacey is both a member of the New England Consortium on Deafblindness as well as our newest employee! Not only has Lacey been a great addition to our team, but she also kindly offered to share a little bit about her experiences and her life with other NEC students!
Hi Lacey, it is so nice to talk with you! To start off, please tell us a little about yourself! What do you like to do in your free time? What are some things you want everyone to know? L: Hello! My name is Lacey Clericuzio. I am deaf and legally blind. I identify as deafblind. I am working with NEC as of right now. In my free time I like to chill on my Ipad, hang out with my family and friends, and head to Arcade. I am deaf since birth and legally blind since I am sixteen years old. My cause is unknown.
How would you describe your high school and transition experience?
L: My high school experience was a rocky path for me because not everyone is perfect and there’s not much support for my vision needs. I graduated from Marie Philip School at The Learning Center for the Deaf. My transition is challenging too because I have a hard time with change in general.
What has your work experience been?
L: I have worked in Marie Philip School at The Learning Center for the Deaf as an art classroom cleaner, classroom aide for the Parent Infant Program, Preschool, and Elementary. I also worked at Countryside Nursing Home as a laundry attendant. I also worked for Reliant Medical Group at Southboro and Worcester as a files keeper.
What do you like the most about working a job?
L: I like to get stuff done and be busy.
What has been the hardest part about working a job?
L: My hardest part about working is working at appropriate speed not to overwhelm my coworkers and not to [work too much] overtime.
What are some skills that you have learned?
L: I have learned how to work remotely because it is very different from working in person.
What are your hopes, dreams, and goals for the future?
L: My dream is to see the world to be more accepting of diverse people regardless of their backgrounds or abilities.
What do you wish other people had told you about working a job before you started? Is there anything you wish you had known?
L: I have wished I have known that overtime is not always a good thing and if you get paid 10 dollars an hour for example you won’t get 10 dollars because taxes make you get less.
Is there anything you would like to share with younger students who have vision and hearing loss?
L: Your path will not be clear but don’t let hurdles block you from achieving your fullest potential and dreams.It is ok to be different that’s what makes you into who you are!
Tell us about an usual talent that you have!
L: I can pop my shoulder out of [its] joint, just don’t try it at home.