I was underestimated because of my disability but I’m determined to achieve my dreams

By Dale Ryan, 27 June 2016 , Comments

For most of my life I’ve been told I can’t do things. People see my disability first.

I was denied the opportunity to get a Higher School Certificate because teachers and others said I couldn’t cope.

I was segregated at school. I didn’t get a choice. I wasn’t asked anything.

When I went to TAFE in 2003 I got told I couldn’t cope again but I did the course and I got high marks.

I hate when I’m told I can’t do things; it drives me insane.

Dale Ryan using a wheelchair and smiling

My dream is to work in the events industry. I feel it’s time to get out in the real world and leave my day program.

I’m hoping the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can help. It will be hard.

I find attitude is the biggest barrier.

I need a different computer mouse and adjustable table if I am doing desk work. I also need a support worker to help me prepare meals and do most tasks.

A lot of other people have shared their personal stories and I want to be like everyone else and not hide away because of my disability. That is why I’ve decided to share this story with you.

I want a voice and to get as involved in community activities as much as possible.

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