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