A dream realized is front page news.

Resident Jessica Davenport recently earned her BS in Health Sciences from Wilmington University. This is impressive for anyone, but even more so for Jess, who is confined to a wheelchair and only able to speak and write with the support of assistive technology. Hers is the cover story for the fall edition of the Wilmington University Magazine. 

Since suffering a massive stroke at the age of 19, Jess has been diligently moving forward, motivated to make sure her disability doesn’t define her. While still a student, in 2018 she authored a book “Detoured Destiny, One Woman’s Road to Recovery” documenting her journey of physical and emotional challenges, goals, dreams, and ultimate success.

Was it easy? Absolutely not. Wilmington University provided a generous, full scholarship and the Office of Student Accessibility Services offered guidance and necessary accommodations. While Jess was completely independent in her studies, the MCC Learning Center team offered a safe space for advice, encouragement, and help with some technical aspects of her course requirements. Like most students, Jess had moments of self-doubt, but they never overtook her; she was lifted by a chorus of cheerleaders, including her family, friends, and the staff at MCC who helped her push through.

Jessica’s education dream came true thanks to her incredible drive, improved technology, and the supportive environments that embraced her. Her college internship at the State’s Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) has morphed into a part-time job. Next up? Educating others and advocating for those with disabilities, especially stroke victims like herself.

For Jess, the dreams continue. 


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