Posted in Acceptance, Carers, disabilities, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, find a cure, fshd, Inclusion, Job share, livelovelife, love life, Opportunities, Passion, sharethedream, volunteer, Wheelchair friendly

INCLUSION, ACCEPTANCE and OPPORTUNITIES …

Inclusion, Acceptance and Opportunities for us all ……. who live with a disability.

We want INCLUSION into mainstream

We want ACCEPTANCE in our community

We want the OPPORTUNITY to shine !!!

inclusion1Inclusion is important for our wellbeing. There is an awful lot of people in our communities with some form of disability suffering in silence because they are made to feel different.

So next time a person with a disability crosses your path, give them a smile, say hi, show them some love.


 

I want to talk about employment opportunities for people with a disability … those of us who can work, who want to work, yet don’t get the opportunity to do so.

I’ve come across employers who still have that perception of employinga...Disabled_employment someone with a disability as being too hard, too high maintenance, even though we may be qualified for the position.

Are you aware that a person with a disability can and do work harder than most because

  • we appreciate and value the position given to us
  • we feel we need to prove we’re capable of doing the work
  • we don’t want to let our employer down

I know its wrong for us to think this way but it is what it is …..

I want to say to employers – “take a chance on us, we won’t let you down”. So the next time your looking to fill a position, think about employing someone with a disability. take a chanceThere are government agencies out there willing to work with you the employer to setup a work space for your employee. They’ll work with you both to get it right. There are other government incentives out there to that including wage subsidies.

I’m not saying everyone with a disability can and should work, I’m saying those of us who want to just need the opportunity to show our worthiness, please give us a chance.

https://www.jobaccess.gov.au/ – this link is for EMPLOYERS and EMPLOYEES (with a disability) wanting help to get into the work force.


 

I was fortunate enough to have had a couple of GREAT employers fortunatethroughout my working life. I want to share with you how my last position came about. It was in a Pharmacy here in my local community. The position was advertised as a part-time but when I arrived for the interview it turned out to be a full-time position they we’re wanting to fill. I was so disappointed, it would have been perfect. I explained to the manager about my disability and how I couldn’t possibility work full-time. It would have been too tiring for me. I was ready to leave his office without the position, news-1when he said to me – “Tracey, we would love to have you work for us, would you give me a couple of days, I’m sure I can find something for you”.  I left his office thinking to myself – “don’t get your hopes up Tracey, no ones that nice”. Well I was so very wrong …. Mr Colley (my employers name) created a position for me. I was given 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, on the afternoon/evening shift. It was the quietest time of the day and would be less taxing on me. I worked that position for about 6 years. The pharmacy changed hands and my new employer was just as understandable. By then my disability was progressing and standing for 4 + hours was becoming difficult, so he allowed me to transition into an office position. I was still working 4 hour a day, 5 days a week. When it came time for me to slow down some more, Henry (my employer) suggested job share, logowhere I could share my position with another person. That other person turned out to be my sister. Job share is a fantastic idea and it allowed me to continue working for another few years.

I worked with some of the most compassionate and caring people throughout my working life. I had the support and understanding that came with my limitations, yet I never let them see how much I struggled on the inside. I struggled with inner demons most my working life. Acceptance of my disability, self worth and embarrassment. I was so embarrassed of the way I walked, it was my No.1 struggle at that time in my life and here I was in the public eye daily. Its was bad …. its was a very unhappy time for me.

I now feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to work. It gave me a purpose, something I needed yet I wasn’t aware of it at the time. I stopped working in 1996. If only I had the support I have now ….

Inclusion helped my focus on something other than myself during a time in my life where I could have just simply given up.

I hope that someday we can all live in a world of INCLUSION, ACCEPTANCE AND OPPORTUNITY for us all.

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Posted in Carers, Uncategorized, Wheelchair friendly

Personal Care Givers – what they mean to me …

In 2012 my life changed directions. I went from being able to look out for myself on my own (Independent) to having someone come into my life and care for me on a casual bases.

June 2012 I had a fall and broke my knee. Eeek … Let me just take you back a bit to before this incident. I was using a wheelchair to help me get through the day. I was still walking around the house, however when I got tired I would hop in the chair and take a load off my legs. I could still get in and out of the car okay but I needed assistants with my manual wheelchair getting it in and out of the car, so all in all fairly mobile and able to look after myself. After breaking my knee my life was turned upside down. Not immediately because I wasn’t going to except it.

It was towords the end of 2013 when I realized I needed help. My family work and weren’t available during the day to help me out and my other dilemma was I needed someone who could help me out with my sporting career.

I contacted my client service manager at Muscular Dystrophy Queensland and they helped me get the ball rolling with an application for funding for a personal carer with DSQ. That’s when Linda Delamotte and “YOUR HOME CARE” come into my life and change the way I lived for the better.

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Linda was great. Our first meeting was to get together,  Linda and I and talk about what I needed to make my life easier, less stressed, reduce the pain I was suffering at the time because I was trying to do things that I simply shouldn’t have been doing. We had a great talk, we covered everything from help going to doctors appointments,  shopping,  the dreaded house work and my sporting needs.  Linda had been given fair warning by MD QLD that I was involved in Rifle Shooting and that my carer was going to have to like it too. She needed to be okay with handling a rifle, putting the rifle together before meets, loading it for me and travelling with me to all my competitions (State, National and International competitions).

Linda was amazing. She went back to her office, looked through a list of her staff at the time and found a girl lady who she thought would be compatible. My carer was young, fit, single and ready for an adventure with me.

The staff at Your Home Care are there 24/7 for their clients. Young, old, adventurous, recovering from an illness, respite for families or just a companion to keep you company.

I now have piece of mind and so does my family. I have the care I need and gives me independence.

For more information head over to Your Home Cares website http://yourhomecare.net.au you’ll find contact details and a list of services their staff can provide you.

Thanks to Linda and her staff,  I’m living a great life, stress free and I now represent Australia as a 10m Air Rifle Para-Shooter

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Don’t forget live life like there’s no tomorrow ….. 💜💜💜

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Posted in Accommodation, Vacations, Wheelchair friendly

VACATIONS-Wheelchair friendly ?

Vacations or a need for wheelchair friendly accommodation! Frustrating it can be!

In the last 4 years I’ve had to find wheelchair friendly affordable accommodation in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. It starts with me scanning the available wheelchair accessible accommodation online. I then run through to find the affordable rooms, one with 2 separate beds, a bed for me and the other for my carer. I then search for pictures they may have of the room and most importantly of the bathroom. Just because they advertise wheelchair accessible rooms, check check and triple check before you book your room.

I don’t book a room through the internet. I call, I speak with someone and ask questions. Firstly – if they say wheelchair accessible, I ask if the bathroom is an open planned wet area, no screens, no bath and can I wheel a shower chair into the shower area. My next question is how may beds are in the room. I’ve stayed in a few places that only have a king size bed in the room. Some beds can be split apart to make 2 singles and some don’t. I think some places think that only disable couples like to go on vactions, not us singles and not us singles who need the help of a carer. Times are changing people. Single people with carers are getting out there too. Our government is all about community access for us wheelies.

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I recently stayed at the Meriton Southport on the Gold Coast. I didn’t stay in an accessible room, I chose the 55th floor over the only accessible room which was on the 5th floor. So you can see my dilemma,  55th floor over 5th floor! …. hard choice …. NOT ….Seriously before I made the decision to take the view over bathroom, I actually viewed the room first to make sure I could use the bathroom and get in and out of my bed from my wheelchair okay. It worked for me.

My room had a Queen side bed with plenty of access to both sides of the bed. I could transfer using my slide board with very little effort. The bathroom wasn’t an open planned wet area, although it had ample space for me to use my shower/toilet commode.  The couple of things it didn’t have was grab rails in the shower or near the toilet and the mirror was too high up to use. Remembering though this was NOT a wheelchair accessible room.

I’ve been in rooms that are wheelchair accessible and still can’t use the mirror, this is why I travel with a mirror. I have other things I don’t leave home without.

  • My slide board – a MUST
  • Portable Mirror – a MUST
  • An extension lead (small) and a power board – a MUST
  • A plastic shower caddy that hangs in the shower – makes it easy to reach your shower toiletries
  • Wire ties – come in handy for all kinds of things

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Oh and did I mention a slide board …. lol  My slide board gets me out of a lot of sticky situations. For example … when I CAN see in the mirror and all that is around me is just a sink, which is pretty much all you get in a wheelchair friendly bathroom, no bench to put stuff on, well this is where my slide board comes in handy. I place it across the sink and use it to hold my makeup,  brushes for blow drying my hair, its even somewhere to rest my straightner on while doing my hair. There’s no compromising just because I’m in a wheelchair. Hair and face must be done before we take to the outside world … lol

I hope this helps you when deciding to take a vacation.  Its not that hard and I’ve never had a problem,  just be friendly and don’t forget to ask questions before you book.

Don’t forget live life like there’s no tomorrow …….💜💜💜

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