South Carolina
Vocational Rehabilitation Department

Preparing and assisting eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment

One step at a time to success

Former VR client Leanne Taylor is the office manager at the office of Dr. Gill Thomas, optometrist.

“Everything is a process,” says Leanne Taylor. “You have to go through the steps. And once you get going, you can run. And I feel like I'm sprinting now. I have to catch my breath!”

Leanne is full of enthusiasm and energy.

“It’s exciting to be on the receiving end of things. The longer I’m clean, the more I realize that you get out of life what you put into it. If I send good out into the world, I get good in return.”

She is the office manager for Dr. Gill Thomas, an optometrist in Clinton. “I interpret the prescriptions Dr. Thomas writes to find the best glasses for the patient’s needs. I have to find out what kind of job they do, how they are going to use the glasses, and find the best fit for them.”

Leanne is also halfway to becoming a licensed optician. “I'm working on getting those letters behind my name,” she says with pride. “It may sound like nothing, but it’s pretty cool to me.”

But seven years ago, things were different. Seven years ago, Leanne was a methamphetamine user. Seven years ago, she was arrested and charged for distribution of meth. She was given a 10 year sentence, suspended to 90 days house arrest and two years of probation.

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