CAC Spotlight – Yvette Pegues
Meet Yvette Pegues, one of CLD’s Community Advisory Council (CAC) members!
Yvette has been a member of the CAC for four years. In addition to being a full-time graduate student, she has been almost exclusively involved in advocacy work since the onset of a Traumatic Brain/Spinal Cord injury 5+ years ago. After losing her career to disability, Yvette had no idea what she “wanted to be when I grew up anymore; but through the alliances, dedication, leadership/advocacy opportunities and training received from CAC, it became clear that the journey to finding me was aligned with serving others”. Yvette’s CAC membership is the reason that she’s a current Ed.D. candidate with focus on “Special Populations.” Yvette was born in North Miami Beach, FL, and came to Atlanta in 2002 when her job relocated. Coming from Florida, Yvette was taken with the bursting colors of nature in the Fall/Spring, and has learned how to leverage her scientific/technical past to her current athletic/adapted interests. As such, she’s immersed in over a dozen activities that she can do out of her chair: golf, snow/water ski, in/outdoor rock climbing, scuba diving, lacrosse, indoor skydiving and many others. “What keeps me inspired to push forward is the opportunity to use this struggle to teach the disability community (pre/post-secondary education) to leverage inherent academic genius and professional possibilities beyond what is available today”. The three words Yvette would use to describe herself are: Mindful; Grateful; and (always) Adapting.
Thank you, Yvette, for all you do for the CAC!