“My academic counselor and finance counselor played a huge role in helping me to get through my degree programs on-time and with a strong GPA. I loved feeling the support from this school.”
Encourages People With and Without Disabilities to Play Together, Stay Healthy
Brittany Doud is working as a director of support programs for Special Olympics Arizona. “As soon as I started my last class [working toward] my Master’s degree, I was offered a job as a unified sports school district liaison with Special Olympics Arizona. I accepted this role and within six months was offered a promotion as the director of support programs.” She adds that her manager commended her ability to quickly move up the ladder within the organization. Today, she supervises the individual in charge of all the organization’s health programs.
Before Brittany began working toward her Bachelor’s degree, she earned a certification as a developmental disabilities specialist from Glendale Community College. She says that her career highlight so far was facilitating and organizing a conference with over 200 attendees—including Arizona law enforcement, athletes, partners, youth, board of directors, advisory leadership council, and all Special Olympics Arizona staff. “It was an incredible success and the networking has continued since the conference.”
She’s active in raising awareness of her organization through the #playunified campaign. And through her work, Brittany encourages people with and without disabilities to participate on the same team, on the same field, and with the same uniforms. “Get out together to play sports and stay healthy!”
Brittany recommends that current students stay focused. “There are potentially a lot of challenges that students may endure as they earn their degrees. But it is absolutely worth it in the end when you find yourself being paid to do what you love.” She admits that she was worried about finishing her degrees on time, and felt a lot of pressure. “I was able to work with my academic counselor to map out ways to graduate on time, which included doubling-up my classes. At one point, I was actually in three classes at once but I always found myself successfully passing all classes with A’s.”
Brittany earned two degrees from Argosy University, Online Programs. In 2014, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and in 2015, she earned a
Master of Arts in Sport-Exercise Psychology. She says that her education taught her how to discuss sport anxiety and athletic psychology. “We wrote papers on identifying anxiety before, during, and after practice and games. What is ironically fun is that we use these exact documents with Special Olympics Arizona when we meet with our athletes during state competitions.”
She says that her education provided confidence in her abilities. And she mentions that her instructors were encouraging and helpful. “My academic counselor and finance counselor also played a huge role in helping me to get through my degree programs on-time and with a strong GPA. I loved feeling the support from this school.”
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