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Matthew Kamper

03/16/19
Matthew Kamper

Matthew Kamper never lets his disability stop him from reaching his employment goals. With the help of his Bellmore Merrick School and OPWDD’s Employment Training Program (ETP) he explored a variety of job experiences, and one of those, at the law office of Paul Beeber, resulted in his first paid position after he graduated in 2015.

Not content with working only a few hours a week, he continued to develop his skills and secured another ETP internship with Coopersmith, Simon and Vogel where his amazing clerical work also landed him a job there. He now holds both jobs, and recently began a third position in the Office of Pupil Transportation in Long Island City Queens, working a total of 36 hours per week.

During his time traveling to/from work, Matthew came to realize the barriers to accessibility within Long Island public transportation and has become a vocal advocate for expanding bus routes and ensuring reliable and safe transportation. He is also involved in his local Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club.

And that is what makes Matthew One of a Kind.