Ability Access Specialist: Blindness/Visual Impairment, Speech and Language, Other Disabilities
Tesia Freer 's phone number: (517) 884-1910
Tesia Freer joined the RCPD team as the Ability Access Specialist for blindness and visual impairment in December of 2020. Her primary responsibilities include working with faculty, staff, and students with visual impairments needing employment and academic accommodations. Tesia is a Western Michigan University alumni with a bachelors in speech pathology (2013) and a masters in vision rehabilitation therapy (2015). Prior to coming to MSU, she worked as a blind rehabilitation specialist at the Cleveland VA Medical Center where she taught daily living skills and access technology to blind and visually impaired Veterans. Tesia enjoys being a part of helping people with blindness and visual impairment reach their goals and full potential.
In her spare time, Tesia enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, hiking, attending concerts, and playing the saxophone. Tesia and her husband are Michigan natives and are excited to be home and to raise their son in the mitten state.
Fun Facts About Tesia Freer:
What is your favorite quote?
"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." Ruth Bader Ginsburg
What are you passionate about?
Helping people reach their goals.
Before working at MSU, what was the most unusual or interesting job you had?
I worked at Residential Opportunity Inc. during grad school. I provided direct, in home care to adults with developmental disabilities. The people I work with taught me so much and we had a lot of fun.
What is your favorite book and why?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read it at least once a year and learn something new every time.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
Name a hidden talent, or one unknown fact about you.
I was in the Western Michigan University Bronco Marching Band for 4 year during undergrad. It was a serious time commitment but was 100% worth it. Some of my best friends I met through band and I wouldn't trade that experience for anything.