Joanna Simmons was passionate about working as far back as she can remember. In fact, the strongest memory she has of her 16th birthday is feeling excited that she was old enough to get a part time job and a pay check. This feeling didn’t diminish even after being diagnosed with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that affects approximately 50,000 young people in the United States. While attending college, Joanna went to work for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) as a Human Resources Intern. She recalled interviewing an older man for a bus driver position who was discouraged after experiencing a lot of rejection during his job search. “I know you won’t hire me because you think I’m too old,” the man said.