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Yanisse Scott

Columbia, SC
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As a teenager, Yanisse Scott survived a carjacking in her native Puerto Rico in which she was shot twice. One of the bullets severed her spinal cord and left her a T6/7 paraplegic. Three years later she moved to the United States on her own. After eventually settling in Columbia, she found the Midlands Breeze meetings and began attending.

In 2010, Yanisse obtained her master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Social Work. She became SCSCIA board chair in 2015 and led the board for two years. Yanisse works at Three Rivers Behavioral Health as a LISW-CP counselor.

Yanisse is passionate about living her life to the fullest and helping others achieve their highest level of independence. In addition to traveling and spending time with family and friends, she describes herself as an adventure junkie. Her pursuits have included zip lining, sky diving, snorkeling, white water rafting, horseback riding, and jet skiing.