Tabitha Yelcich is our Member Spotlight for the Spring/Summer 2021. Tabitha, age 35, is a 2007 graduate of Deltona High School in Florida. She is the daughter of John and Larinda Yelcich and makes her home on Morgan’s Ridge in Fairmont. She has siblings Nathan and Christy and is the aunt to niece Summer and nephews Cole, Cameron, and Nikolai.
During and following high school, Tabitha received vocational training and work experience in the food service industry, where she learned to fold pizza boxes, wrap silverware, clean the dining area, and do food service preparation.
In addition to her work skills training, Tabitha has also excelled in many Special Olympic Sports in both Florida and West Virginia, including Track and Field, Bowling, Bocce, and Cheerleading. Her sports and extra-curricular awards are countless, including many Special Olympic Medals, Disability Action Center Bowling Awards, DAC Camp CAN-DO Hero Award, 8 years of the Miss Ability Pageant, and zip lining at Camp Mountaineer! Tabitha is also well known for her singing of the National Anthem at the DAC Grand Opening Ceremony, DAC Golf Tournaments and Special Olympics Regional Games.
Tabitha and her family are very active at the DAC and in the community. She loves going for car rides, listening to K-Love, fishing, boat rides, puzzles, matching games, church, shopping, walking at parks, floating in the family pool, watching Disney movies, and eating out! Tabitha participates in most all DAC programs but her favorites are Cooking, Creative Arts, Line Dancing, and Bible Study. She also participates in Milestones in Music with Miss Patty and has flourished in the program. She is starting the Farm Trainee Program this summer with the Homestead Farm Center as well!
Tabitha lives a full life and her favorite places to travel are Sea World, Disney World, and the beach. When not out and about Tabitha enjoys her favorite TV shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and her favorite movie is Mary Poppins. Tabitha’s favorite foods are chicken, pasta, seafood, and Mexican food. She loves Contemporary Christian music and saw “For King and Country” in concert.
Tabitha has overcome so much, beginning her life with Autism, developmental delays, and Turner Syndrome. She had seizures until the age of 6 and was told that she would always be non-verbal. But, thanks to music and Disney sing-a-longs, she learned to communicate in song and later in words. Though Tabitha may be slow to answer questions, with a little patience and prompting, she will express herself and you can learn just what she is trying to communicate. Tabitha’s mom and dad work hard for her and she too likes to help her parents with chores at home. Tabitha loves her family, her niece, nephews, grandparents, and DAC/Special Olympics peers, staff, and volunteers.