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Craig's Story

Craig's Story


Hi, my name is Craig Blackburn. I feel I am fortunate because I have both a job and a career. My job is with Winn Dixie and my career is as a Peer-Self Advocate/Motivational Speaker.

I began my job at Winn Dixie when I was a senior in high school in 1999. In January, I had my 17th anniversary working for Winn Dixie. I have worked at several Winn Dixie’s in my local Louisiana area and, during my Hurricane Katrina evacuation, I worked for a Winn Dixie in Florida where I was temporarily located.

Winn Dixie is not a glamorous job, but I am very proud of the work that I do and Winn Dixie enables me to pursue my passion by having a career in advocacy/motivational speaking and giving back to others what has been given to me.

As a motivational speaker, I travel in Louisiana, throughout the United States, and even, once, to the Middle East to deliver the messages of ability, inclusion and full participation in life for all. I share the story of my life and what, I believe, has helped me work toward being the best person I can be. My advocacy career includes being and having been on several boards and committees both locally, statewide and on the national level. I want to be involved in helping make the world a better place for all individuals with Special Needs.

I never stop looking toward the future, so my next venture will be starting my own business as a disc jockey. I have even picked my name, Craig…The Dancing DJ! Stay tuned!

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