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Home > MSAA Publications > The Motivator > The Motivator: Summer/Fall 2011 > Stories to Inspire

Stories to Inspire

Finding Happiness
Through Artistic Expression

By Alba S. Morton, sister of David Olivencia

Photo of David Olivencia David Olivencia at the unveiling of his collage, "Reflections."

David Olivencia, son of Wilson and Alba Olivencia, had an unveiling celebration for his first collage, entitled "Reflections," this past summer at the John L. Montgomery Care Center in Freehold, New Jersey. This event was attended by the residents, administration staff, family, and friends.

The John L. Montgomery Care Center serves the needs of residents from the ages of 18 and up, who suffer from a variety of chronic and debilitating conditions. It has a specialized Young Adult Program, where more aggressive therapies are provided for these residents.

In the early 1990s, a computer lab was added as part of the rehabilitation program. The lab is a wonderful addition, significantly enhancing the quality of life for the residents. The lab is equipped with handicapped-adapted computers so that residents with significant limitations are able to enjoy the many benefits of computer and internet access. With the support and the dedication of the lab manager and recreation team members, some of the residents, including David, spend many hours at the lab.

When David was physically well, one of his hobbies was photography. Even though David cannot use his hands because of the effects of multiple sclerosis, photography continues to be his passion. Through the eyes of an artist, David transforms his pictures stored in his computer into new images. By using Adobe® Photoshop® along with the help of a computer chip on his eye glasses, he modifies his pictures by altering the shapes and colors. Some of the altered pictures were used to create David's collage (shown above).

According to his mother, Alba, David's motto is, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." With the computer program at his residence and updated software, David told his mother that he didn't realize how much he was missing until he started using the new software, and looks forward to working on his computer throughout the day. David's pictures have won numerous awards and his work continues to receive accolades and recognition. His collage is on display in the lobby of the John L. Montgomery Care Center.

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 12:51