Hi, and thanks for being with us on “Advice for Everyone.” Can you tell us your name and any nicknames you might have?
Travis. My brothers nicknamed me “Taz” when we were little because they couldn’t pronounce Travis.
Can I use this picture of you and Cody?
How old are you, and where do you live?
28 years old, and Arden, North Carolina.
What do you do for a living?
IDD Support Staff
What does IDD stand for, and how did you wind up working for them?
Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled. My youth group leader at church was the house manager at a group home in my hometown. I shadowed and worked there for a bit after high school before transferring to Buncombe County.
How did you become a caregiver?
I have several persons with different abilities in my family. Growing up, I was always fascinated with my cousin Vickie’s ability to smile through some of the toughest situations. Vickie had severe cognitive impairments and was the light of our family. She was killed in a tragic car accident one evening after being picked up from her employment site, TVS, in Brevard. When my youth group director suggested I shadow at the group home, I thought of my cousin Vickie. I agreed, and soon had a job. I fell in love with the residents and have been in this line of work ever since.
The most interesting place you’ve visited?
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Tell us about your favorite meal.
Nana’s chicken casserole, broccoli casserole, homemade mashed potatoes, 5 cheese mac and cheese!…with sweet tea of course!
Favorite book, or movie, or TV show?
Favorite book series: Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks. Favorite movie: Fried Green Tomatoes. Favorite Television Show: Big Bang Theory
Why does “Fried Green Tomatoes” make the favorite movie list?
I love Fried Green Tomatoes because Kathy Bates ROCKS. Also, I think the writers and directors did a great job portraying some of the harsh realities in American History while also shedding light on the life and humor of one of the “black sheep” of society. It’s just an all around great movie. Plus, I love fried green tomatoes!
If people want to pray for you, they could pray for….?
If I asked people to pray for anything it would be for understanding, unity, and compassion.
Are you married or have you been? Any kids or pets?
Not married, single, and no kids, but I do have two sweet yet obnoxious dogs. A seven year old Shih Tzu named Sophia and a two year old cocker spaniel/dachshund mix named Mazie. They’re like my children.
One thing many people don’t know you can do?
Backflips and splits
If you had any spare time, what would you do with it?
I don’t have spare time so I wouldn’t know what to do with it, but I would love to learn to play guitar.
A magician waves a magic wand and “zap,” you’re a guitar-playing legend. What kind of music are you playing, and why?
I would probably first learn to play “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman and “Chicken Fried” by Zach Brown Band. Two of my favorites!
Tell us some interesting things about yourself that aren’t already covered.
Interesting things: I’ve got four brothers and we’re often mistaken as quintuplets. I’ve been a caregiver for the same individual, Cody, since high school (ten years) and he’s like a brother to me. I’m a pretty boring person otherwise
What’s the story behind THIS picture?
LOL. Of all the HUNDREDS of pictures on Facebook, this is the one you chose! I knew it. This was taken four months after my dear friend Harry lost his battle with cancer. Some friends and coworkers decided we could honor his memory with a celebration of life and created a team called “Special Soldiers” to represent him and some of our other friends battling cancer. I dressed up as “Mr. Relay” to help raise money for the American Cancer Association in his memory. We raised a few thousand dollars that year and had a great time doing it. We’ve since participated in two more Relay For Life events and look forward to doing it again next year.
Can you offer some advice for caregivers?
Whatever you do…..always bring an extra change of clothes for back up, expect the unexpected, and always remember that your job is to help promote the best quality of life possible for those you are caring for. There is no such thing as a disability……just different abilities
Travis, thanks much for letting us get to know you a little. May God watch over and guide your adventures.