Meet IVRS Counselor Kensie Channon
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
With a focus on deaf/hard of hearing, joining IVRS on September 16, 2019 as a Rehabilitation Counselor in the Des Moines Area Office was Kensie Channon. Kensie is a native Deaf Iowan from the Des Moines Area and a Vocational Rehabilitation recipient. Active in her community, Kensie is a member of a number of organizations outreaching to the Deaf Community in Des Moines and across Iowa.
Kensie grew up in Des Moines with hearing parents and her deaf brother – ‘her biggest blessing.’ VR services began for Kensie while in high school and followed her through as she continued to achieve her educational goals, obtaining her Master of Arts in Social Work from Gallaudet University. While a VR Recipient she had a counselor who was Deaf and a counselor who was Hard of Hearing and she described this as the best part of her IVRS services. Kensie shared, “To have the connection, it takes more than just getting it. Similar backgrounds with language and culture will make the journey more effective.” After graduation, with guidance, Kensie found herself with the opportunity to provide the same services she received from IVRS, by becoming a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor serving individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.