Cali was born with low vision and grew up in the Midlands; she was one of only a handful of students in her district with a visual disability. She later became involved with the National Federation of the Blind and now proudly introduces herself as a woman who happens to be blind. Cali received her bachelor’s in political science from Winthrop University in 2009.

In 2010, Cali started work at the SC Commission for the Blind (SCCB) as an Employment Consultant. For seven years, Cali worked alongside SCCB job seekers and area employers to help individuals who have a visual disability gain employment. Cali is passionate about breaking down barriers to employment and educating the community! Since January 2018, Cali has been an Employment Services Coordinator at Able SC working to help job seekers reach their employment goals.

In her free time, Cali enjoys learning new things and being a self-described zookeeper. Right now, Cali has a German shepherd (Owen – 9 yrs.), two house cats (Neo & Skylar), a Dutch rabbit (Peter Parker), and four fish tanks (Discus & Cichlids). On any given afternoon, you can find Cali reading a book or news article, playing Frisbee with Owen, or watching Netflix. Cali is also an equestrian with over 20 years’ experience working with & training horses.

Favorite Quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Anonymous

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Subminimum Wage FAQs

Recently, we announced a new SC Statehouse bill that would end subminimum wage for people with disabilities. Since a lot of people don’t even know that subminimum wage legally exists, we wanted to share some basic info about it on this FAQ page.

Statehouse bill introduced to end subminimum wage for people with disabilities

A joint resolution filed at the SC Statehouse on Tuesday aims to end subminimum wage for people with disabilities in South Carolina.