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Meghain Is Why We Exist

Our mission statement is clear: “provide employment opportunities for blind and visually impaired people to maximize their potential for independent living and assist in achieving economic self-support.”  In this series, you’ll meet the amazing individuals who MWEB not only exists for, but exists because of their great work in this company.  In this installment meet the reason we exist - Meghain Ainsworth:

Meghain, how did you come to work at MWEB?  

A counselor at the Commission for the Blind suggested that I consider employment here.  I called and made an appointment to talk to someone and MWEB hired me that day!  When I first started here I did production work, specifically I started with packaging pencils.  At that time we also did a variety of other things, including packaging t-shirts, golf balls, and other items.

What is your role at MWEB?  

My current role is receptionist in the front office.  Like I said, I started in production, but after a few years decided to go back to school to learn how to use the computer more effectively.  MWEB started to offer classes through The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired in our training center.  I learned Excel, as well as how to better navigate the web as a blind person, and now I’m taking a leadership class.  These classes are all offered onsite at MWEB through The Hadley Institute and I catch up on my class during free time or downtime.

Not only has the training here been a big help, but my past experience was helpful in getting me to where I am today. My background is in medical transcription and medical assisting with a neurosurgeon.  I was working 7 days a week producing a wide variety of reports.  An opportunity to study to be a physician lead me to Massachusetts.  While in school there I started having issues with my eyesight.  Because of the continued deterioration of my eyesight I moved to West Michigan and finished college at Western Michigan University studying Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice.  At that point, I wanted to go into profiling.  I graduated from WMU with degree in Social Work. After graduation, it was difficult finding a job and I had two young children.  I focused on raising them until deciding, once they were older, that I wanted to get back into the workforce and that’s when I found MWEB. 

How has working at MWEB impacted you professionally? 

Working at MWEB has given me the capability to use what I’ve learned.  Getting to use my skills has given me confidence and I look forward to learning more and doing more.  I’m currently learning a new piece of technology in the office that is helping me to scan to read documents so that I can be even more productive. 

How has working at MWEB impacted you personally?  

Being able to work for a fair wage in a permanent job has helped me to support myself and my family in ways that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.  I’m very proud of the work I’m doing at MWEB.