6 and ½ years on a dung-hill; life in Specialist Disability Accommodation
In this book I propose to include edited versions of posts I have made to On Line Opinion (OLO) (www.onlineopinion.com.au), John Menadue, ProBono, The Conversation, DesignForAll, and my personal blog.
My aim in this book is to affirm vital principles that need to be better understood and implemented if the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is going to be of benefit and fulfil its mandate; so that care doesn’t become careless. Continue reading “My new book”
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”
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?”
I don’t have the capabilities to type on my own, without the assistance of my academic support worker; but, over my 56 years, I have developed a drive to achieve the improbable. Continue reading “3 Hours…”
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.
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”
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”
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”
My ongoing request is a complaint, like the persistent complaining of a broken record. It is simply pointing out the fact I have no cognitive impairments, just purely Friedreich’s Ataxia.
Continue reading “Six and a Half Years of **it”
In this piece I want to give a presentation on how I see my own contribution being made from within the confines of my own situation. I am assuming that I am just like everyone else in that I have a ‘situation’ and it is primarily up to me to deal with it. But then there are aspects of my ‘situation’ that most people don’t have to deal with. Continue reading “AN URGENT AND SERIOUS CHALLENGE”