TMI Client with Epilepsy and Autism Shines On and Off the Stage
Updated: May 14, 2019
When you first meet Toward Maximum Independence’s (TMI) client, Heather, you know you are meeting someone very special. She has a sparkle in her eyes that has made her the shining star that she is today. Since 2013, Heather has had a starring role in productions by Arms Wide Open (AWO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with special needs by fostering caring social environments and creating opportunities for recreation and participation in the arts. Heather’s acting and singing roles with AWO have included Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Mersister Attina and Princess Rose in the Little Mermaid, Rosetta in Peter Pan, and Sarabi and Nala in The Lion King. She is set to star as Charlie’s mother, Mrs. Bucket, in AWO’s production of Willa Wonka at the Lyceum Theatre in March 2018 (3/2, 3/3, 3/4 & 3/9, 3/10, 3/11) at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego, CA.
(Heather Performing as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz)
(Watch Heather Speak About Arms Wide Open)
Heather, who turns 24 this month, had her first seizure when she was just one year old. Doctors hoped that she would outgrow her seizures as some children do. Unfortunately, Heather never has. While her seizures aren’t life threatening, they affect her daily functions in life. Heather, who is also on the autism spectrum, grew up with a strong foundation with the support of her parents, Mike and Stacy, as well as her seven older siblings.
An estimated 1 in 6 people are born with a developmental disability. Just like you they are born with hopes, dreams and the drive to contribute to society. Since 1981 Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has transformed thousands of lives by providing assistance to children and adults with developmental disabilities, giving them the ability to realize their hopes and dreams.