In the Words of our Alumni:

“I learned to stick up for myself and others by using fact based information, and that community is important.”   – C.R., Class of 2019

“I learned how to provide for myself, and what I want to do with the rest of my life.”
– J.G., Class of 2018

“I learned that having a disability is a vital part of my life, that leadership and self-advocacy are two of many things that must be used to take charge of my own life so I can be independent. I’ve learned to be proud of my disability, to embrace it.”
– A.P., Class of 2014

“I learned not to be embarrassed of my disability.”   – M.D., Class of 2015

“I have learned that it does not matter what color you are, and what disability you have. The only thing that matters is treating everybody equal so that everyone has the same rights as well as opportunities.”   – L.S., Class of 2017

“The greatest lesson for me was my job interview. That helped me with being able to do a job interview. I also found out about all kinds of opportunities for myself. AZYLF was truly a blessing.”    – J.B., Class of 2019

“I am learning to accept myself for who I am and what I plan to become. AZYLF showed me to never be afraid to try new things with different people. It opened my eyes to different things. The person we want to be is the person we decide to become.”
– J.T., Class of 2016

“I learned that people with disabilities can do anything anyone else can do. Also that having a disability isn’t a bad thing and you shouldn’t let it own you.”   – S.W., Class of 2015

“In order to become a strong leader, we must learn self-advocacy and self-expression. It is only through effective communication that we can inform, encourage, and help others.”
– N.H., Class of 2017

“The only way to get what you want is to advocate for yourself, take initiative! Just because we have a disability doesn’t mean that we are weak and can’t be independent. We just have to work a bit harder and in the end it makes us stronger. The best way to change how others think about us is to lead by example. We can be great people unhindered by our disabilities.”    – M.S., Class of 2014

“I learned that I shouldn’t hide parts of me because it’s convenient for others, that there is more to me, that I am in control of my life. That I’m brilliant.  – J.S., Class of 2019

“I’ve learned that people can do amazing things if they set their mind to it and with someone to help start their journey. Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean there’s anything holding you back.”  – K.M., Class of 2015

“No matter how big or small the obstacles are or how many obstacles you face, never give up and up you will be ultimately, and genuinely happy.”   – B.R., Class of 2014

“I learned that having a disability is not a bad thing. I learned to feel proud of my disability.”    – E.F., Class of 2019

“I learned how to stand up for myself. How to do public speaking. How to advocate. How to be more social. How to dance!!”    – S.L., Class of 2015 

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Never be an outcast. Making friends is not impossible. Accept compliments. Have a sense of humor.”   – J.B., Class of 2016

“This made me feel like a different person that I never felt like before. I actually chose to be here, to have a great time with the friends I made here. I want to thank the staff for telling me that I’m a great kid. All the people here have big hearts and the kids here made me happy. The greatest lesson I learned is that we all have disabilities.”  – D.W., Class of 2014

“Even if I am independent, together we have a bigger voice, a bigger influence, which makes a very big difference, which can effect the community as a whole.”  – M.S., Class of 2017

“The greatest lesson I learned is that I am not my disability!!! I am awesome and I am not alone!” – A.C., Class of 2014