Jake Fisher Story

by Jake Fisher

My name is Jake Fisher.  I am a native of Colorado.  I love to travel and play golf.  I also work within the golf industry.  I have a couple of different types of disabilities.  I am hearing impaired and must use hearing aids in order to hear most anything.  I also have a bit of a learning disability and a very mild case of cerebral palsy. 

When I was 12 years old. I was diagnosed with what they call bilateral hearing loss. Because of my hearing loss, I have an auditory processing disorder.

This disorder not only affects my hearing but my speech as well.  I have had to learn how to adapt and process things in ways that work best for me.

I am a public speaker for Creating SPACE.  I got involved because I want to be someone who makes a difference and helps those that need it most.   It is the mission statement of Creating SPACE that speaks to me most.  I am always trying, to my best ability, to make disability a comfortable conversation wherever I go.  I always want to make people feel good and strive to encourage others to feel comfortable in their own skin.

I find that doing this is imperative.  For me,  it’s been hard  to find bosses and or coworkers who understand my disability. It’s actually hard to find people to date. I really don’t get invited to

things that other people would get invited to. I feel like I constantly have to explain myself, which can be tiresome.  Also, people never know what to ask me or how to engage in a way that feels comfortable to me or them.

This is why Creating SPACE has come to mean so much to me and the work that we are doing.  Having a person like a teacher, a classmate, co-worker, or a friend who feels open to understand or listen to you without judgment or preconceived stigmas is how we can create safe spaces for all.  

Thank you!

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