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Man with Special Needs Pursues Dream of Becoming DJ

August 17, 2016

Impact Stories

Moving from home to Giannattasio has brought Michael even closer to an independent life. With support from HeartShare staff, Michael can plan moving into his own apartment.

HeartShare is about investing in human potential, which is why we helped Michael reach beyond the essentials of daily living. It doesn’t matter who you are. There’s a way to bring you closer to your dreams.

Thomas Hoefel, who manages the HeartShare Giannattasio Residence, helped Michael strive for greater things. In addition to his long-time career at HeartShare, Tommy is a DJ. Michael and Tommy bonded through their interest in music.

With Tommy’s help, Michael is pursuing his dream of becoming a DJ. Together, they’ve bought new equipment, researched DJ classes and discussed the blueprint of Michael’s business, which will help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities become DJs too.

Through those experiences, Michael’s wheelchair does not confine him. “A DJ is someone who expresses himself,” Michael said. “I feel free.”

Tommy and Michael — like so many at HeartShare — developed a bond that transcends disability and is built on compassion, mutual understanding and a great sense of humor!

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