I Respond to the Minister of Social Services

Before I begin, I want to point out that my support provider was witness to a document I signed, regarding  DHHS and my personal information. Any information about me should be not be disclosed to any parties, except on my approval.

Here is a letter I received in response to a blog post I had made on 8 April, which was posed as an open letter to the NDIS. In the blog post, I talked about my urgent need to get out of my current living situation. Continue reading “I Respond to the Minister of Social Services”

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Did I Deserve 7 Years of This Imprisonment?

The below is written to give an acknowledgement to professor Martin Delatycki and doctor Louis Corben for their expertise in the medical conclusions of Friedreich Ataxia.

“Dr Peter Gibilisco was diagnosed with Friedreich ataxia at the age of 14 years. He is now 55 years old.  Friedreich ataxia is a rare, progressive neurological condition. The main symptoms of the condition include initial unsteadiness in walking, fatigue, sleep disturbance, incoordination of the upper limbs, reduced balance, reduced hearing, difficulty speaking and significant heart involvement. The affected person eventually loses their capacity to walk and becomes dependent on a wheelchair for mobility. In addition they increasingly require assistance with most personal care tasks as the disease progresses. To date there is no known cure for this life-shortening, devastatingly progressive and debilitating condition. Continue reading “Did I Deserve 7 Years of This Imprisonment?”

An Open Letter to the NDIS

I want to know how come I haven’t been contacted by a NDIS planner yet. I am becoming very blind, and you don’t know or understand how difficult it is for me, and how much worse it is becoming.

Am I supposed to just sit here and do nothing but accept the very minimal time I have been allocated the academic supports in order to voice my thoughts? Am I supposed to just sit here and do nothing but accept the inadequate care that I’m given by my disability support provider?

This place is phenomenally having negative side effects on my physiology; it is worsening everyday. For instance, today my vision is so blurred, and thus I’m under extreme pressure to type, what would be considered the most basic of emails. Please, my intelligence needs synergistic human help, that can only be provided through 1:1 support; this is not what is given in shared supported accommodation.

To anyone with a heart, with some compassion, patience and empathy: I really need out. The lifestyle that I am forced to live is very inappropriate under medical and social practices.

Monash Human Library and New Book

Last week, on March 29, I was a keynote speaker at the Monash Human Library which was held in the Peninsular campus. This was conducted to an audience of about 100 OTs – both students and professionals. My keynote speech explored the individualistic pursuits of Friedreich’s Ataxia which can be summarised as follows: Continue reading “Monash Human Library and New Book”

Furthering Mutual Respect: Some Thoughts on Giving Sexuality its Due and Friedreich’s Ataxia

 Introduction:

I want to discuss a disorder that afflicts me. Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) will eventually leave the person afflicted with severe socioeconomic and medical restrictions. And because of this many people with FA are constantly subjected to stereotypes, as losers. We are unfairly harassed, and our abnormal features and functions as a result of the disability doesn’t make our life any easier. Believe me. My experience is that many people – it doesn’t matter what walk of life – believe they know best for an FA suffered and will then apply the stereotype to tell them what they can and can’t do.

Does this sound fair to you? Continue reading “Furthering Mutual Respect: Some Thoughts on Giving Sexuality its Due and Friedreich’s Ataxia”

Disability is a Human Trait

To have empathy concerning people with disabilities is the possible key to the social inclusiveness for many people with severe disabilities; this must be based on the pragmatic education of equitable logic. Empathy is the ability to understand and immerse in another person’s perspective.  For example, what we believe or think may not be the same as what really is.

So then, why is empathy so poorly understood, and frequently misunderstood?

Continue reading “Disability is a Human Trait”