Member Spotlight

Kody Spotlight-1

Kody Heston has been selected as the Summer 2017 Member Spotlight. Kody is the son of Brian and Kim Heston. He has one sister and a large extended family. Kody is 23 years old and is a 2012 graduate of East Fairmont High School.

Kody first participated in programs with the DAC through the WV Division of Rehabilitation where he completed the Daniel Memorial Independent Living Training in 2016-17. He quickly moved on to job training through a Community Based Assessment at Busy Beaver in Fairmont. Because of Kody’s work ethic and positive attitude, this unpaid training position, landed him a paid position with Busy Beaver in the Summer of 2017.

During the Spring/Summer of 2017 Kody also worked diligently studying for his driver’s permit and was able to obtain his license in June 2017. This is yet another step for Kody on his road to independence and success. Kody participates in most all DAC classes and extra-curricular activities, often time taking on a leadership role in the classes and camps with the younger clients.

Kody is a positive young man who is quick to share his experiences with anxiety and depression. Using his experiences to help others and being a positive role model to others is the focus of his life and he wants to help make each day brighter for someone else.

Kody’s favorite TV show is Vikings and he enjoys movies like Thor, The Dark World, and Avenger. He loves to eat and his favorite meals are tacos, burritos, and mac and cheese. One of these days Kody is going to get the DAC eating contest he is adamant about starting! His favorite music artists are Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr. In his free time, Kody enjoys playing video games, hunting, and being with his friends and family.

Because Kody has been able to overcome negative stereotypes and a difficult high school experience, he wants to help others in the future. He credits his supportive family for helping him find his way to the Disability Action Center, where things really changed for the better. Kody says his life is now forever changed by the DAC…he has friends, a job, a driver’s license, and the confidence to do anything he sets his mind to! Congratulations Kody! Keep up the good work!