Katrice's Story

Finding Employment Through the Barber National Institute

photo of Katrice at Hamot

Katrice Fischer has had many accomplishments lately, including receiving the award for Self-Advocate of the Year at the annual PAR (Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism & Intellectual Disabilities) conference in Harrisburg.

The other achievement that is so important to Katrice is landing her “dream job” at Erie Insurance Arena.  She has been working on the cleaning team for more than three years, and said that finding this job has been the key to happiness.

"When I was about 14 -16, I had a lot of struggles,” said Katrice.  “The puzzle pieces are finally starting to come together.”

Katrice had previously worked in two other jobs, but said neither felt as though they were a really good fit for her.  She contacted the Supported Employment Program at the Barber National Institute again to help in her search for a new position.

“I love going to work.  We all joke around and have fun,” said Katrice.  “I thank the Barber Center for helping me. I could not have done it without them and thank all of the job coaches. They are a big help.”

Supported Employment