Jody May, accessABILITY's new intern.

We’re excited to introduce you to our new intern, Jody May!

Originally from Oklahoma, Jody moved to Indiana when she was seven years old. In July of 2012, she lost her sight due to a car accident. With her grandparents as her biggest influences and support system, they encouraged her to continue being the best version of herself even though she could no longer see. She now has two children and is engaged to her fiancé she met at Bosma while going through the vision rehabilitation program in 2018.

Jody returned to school in 2019 and is a double major working towards her degree in Elementary Education and Culinary Arts. She is the first person to go through Ivy Tech’s Culinary Arts program with a sight impairment. “After everything is said and done, I want to teach family and consumer science classes (cooking and life skills) ideally at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, but anywhere,” Jody said. “I love to help others learn and teaching is the best way to share the knowledge that I have.”

Why are you excited to be working at accessABILITY? I am excited to have the opportunity to intern here at accessABILITY because their mission to help those who need the guidance to become independent is in line with my passion for helping others. I feel like the work that accessABILITY does is amazing and I am looking forward to being part of the team!

What do you do in your free time outside of school/work? Most of my hobbies are focused on cooking and being creative in the kitchen. I also enjoy camping and reading.

Why did you choose your career field? I chose the career path of education because I have a passion for helping others learn new skills that they need in life. I also want to be that teacher who inspires their students to reach for the stars no matter what life throws their way. I feel that children need that positive role model in their life that is not a family member, and not all children have a family member that is a positive influence.

What is something about you that most people don’t know? I have been to 48 of the 50 states thanks to my grandparents being truck drivers. I would spend a lot of time in the semi-truck with my grandparents when I was not in school. I also know how to do all my own vehicle maintenance.