Interview with Alex
Alex: My name, Alex Ripley, Alex Ripley.
Alyne (interviewer): And you have your own apartment I gather.
Alex: Yes. Large – I have roommate named John.
Alyne: And you all have a kitchen and a living room?
Alex: Yeah, and 2 rooms we stay in.
Alyne: Do you have your own bedroom?
Alyne: So how long have you lived in Virginia Beach? Awhile?
Alex: One year.
Alyne: One year?
Alex: Yes almost one year.
Alyne: Tell me about what you do there and your helper, Kathy.
Alex: Kathy helps me cook some food and helps me cleaning. Sometimes other people help me cleaning a bit.
Alyne: And what you like about living on your own. I know you've wanted to do it for a long time. Did it turn out to be what you expected?
Alyne: You were in a play, right?
Alyne: What was the play?
Alex: All around and in west coast. Go to West Coast and dance.
Alyne: In your wheelchair?
Alyne: Did you have to audition for the Play?
Alyne: What did you have to do to try out?
Alex: That people asked me to try sing a song too.
Alyne: Did you sing a song?
Alex: Little bit.
Alyne: How many performances were there?
Alex: Two. I found, I want to tell you, I found a lot of people – room full.
Alyne: You're now looking for a job, is that right?
Alyne: You worked for a movie theater.
Alex: I tore that movie tickets — paying job.
Alyne: Paying job.
Alex: Paying job. My mom looked for job for me. I asked my Mom look around. Asked my Mom look around for a job coach.
Alyne: So your mom and dad are looking into getting you a job coach.
Alex: Yeah, look around too.
Alyne: And they are looking around for you. All the time. All the time.
Alex's Social Life
Alyne: According to your mother you have developed quite a social life. (Alex: Yes) You've made a lot of friends for the first time in a long time. Look at that smile!
Alex: Yes I am. And I go to church sometimes. All times church I go to church all, some Sundays.
Alyne: And how do you get there Alex?
Alex: That guy, that guy my friend, that guy my friend and I drive together.
Alyne: Oh, so they come in a van? Small van that put my wheelchair on board.
Alyne: So you also came up here to Washington from Virginia Beach on a train. By yourself?
Alex: Yes, almost 4 hours, 4 hours.
Alyne: So what thoughts do you have about having a disability and living on your own? You know that's a dream many many people have. It's changed your world a whole lot, hasn't it?
Alex: Yes, be lonely sometimes and people help you find something to do sometimes.
Alyne: Is it easier to find friends in the place where you live?
Alyne: Just like everywhere.
Alex: Yeah. I now look for more girls. Girls.
Alyne: Tell me again.
Alex: G-i-r – girls
Alyne: Oh, girls.
Alex: I meet more girls.
Alyne: Have you had a party yet at your place?
Alyne: How many people?
Alex: Lot of people.
Alyne: It's a lot better than living at home in your room, right?
Alex: Yeah. Sometimes I'm bored, I bored sometimes.
Alyne: You're bored sometimes.
Alyne: But a lot of times you are not.
Alyne: Were you more bored at home than here? Where you live now?
Alex: You come down I'll show you around that town. I'll show you around that town. Good time.
Alyne: Ok. Thank you, I'd love to do that.