50-year-old Denise Brinson has lived in Brooklyn, New York her entire life. She enjoys watching television, listening to rock and roll music, and is a huge sports fan, cheering on local teams such as the New York Yankees, Jets, Rangers and the Knicks.  For most of her life Denise lived with her mother, and now she lives in one of AHRC New York City’s residences.  Denise’s goal is to live independently and get her own apartment and she is currently working to do so.

Denise has been a self-advocate for as long as she can remember. “My favorite part about being apart of the self-advocacy group is that I get to speak up for my rights. I also make new friends and learn about new areas and places from the people I meet.