I’m unable to remember when I’ve seriously wanted to rebel against having cerebral palsy. Yeah, sure, there has been and will continue to be times when I want everyone just to go away and leave me alone but I’m sure that everyone feels like that at times.
I’m not big on talking about my own achievements but the more I’m told, “No, you can’t do that.”, the more I polish my determination badge. This shone brightly when I fought to be accepted into a Mainstream High School from the age of 19 to complete my Senior Certificate in four years. Prior to this, I did time at a Special School where the main focus was on physical development rather than academic achievement.
Following school I initiated a Pilot Project with the Queensland University of Technology. This project challenged pre service teachers to confront and rethink inappropriate beliefs about students with disabilities through interactions with myself as a teaching assistant. I also worked as a Community Consultant for the Australian Communication Exchange.
I have a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies under my belt and started a Bachelor of Education (Pre-service) Adult and Workplace Education. Since 2004 I have successfully managed a Not for Profit organisation which enables me to employ my own Lifestyle Support Workers to assist me with day-to-day tasks.
I have a wicked sense of humour and love a good laugh. I hate injustices of our world. I’m a practical person and am firm but fair. I also don’t like it when people put me on a pedestal just for living my life.
For recreation and therapy, I love riding my recumbent trike even though it can take up to 20 minutes to get into it. I also like to travel, something I rarely do because of the ad hoc information as to what “truly wheelchair accessible” really is.
I hope that you get enjoyment and are encouraged to live life to the full by reading my Blog which will show the good, bad & the ugly of having cerebral palsy.