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October 31, 2012

From the November 4, 1999 Archives - Sarver received State rehabilitant award

PRINCETON — Princeton psychologist Andrea Sarver, an employee of Springhaven who works at Princeton Community Hospital, was named "Rehabilitiant of the Year" award for 1999. In addition to the year award, Sarver was also named the District IV award winner.

The purpose of the Rehabilitant of the Year award was to recognize and celebrate individuals who represent the triumphs of all West Virginians with disabilities and the employers in both the public and private sectors who saw beyond the disability and hired individuals based on their many abilities.

According to Sarver, it has "been a hectic year." In addition to planning a big wedding to her childhood sweetheart, she built a new home and began her career as a psychologist in the Princeton area.

At the age of 17, Sarver was in a car accident that left her paralyzed from the chest down. However, Sarver refused to put her life on hold. Even before the Division of Rehabilitation Services contacted her to help, her father had already built a therapy bench for her to work with and had started remodeling their home to accommodate her special needs. Her whole family was supportive and learned how to use adaptive aids to help her pursue her educational goals.

According to the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services Public Affairs Manager Robin Wilson, "The people who work with Sarver don't see her as a disabled individual. Her accomplishments are a positive influence on the clients she deals with and her attitude inspires them all."

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