“Because I’m disabled people look at me and can’t be bothered with me"

Independent Living Scheme Client

Now I live on my own I’ve got more time to do things. I go to work in a family centre and sometimes I work in their office. It gives me happiness because I love meeting people. I just like talking to people.

Because I’m disabled people look at me and can’t be bothered with me. Some people treat me like everyone else and that’s a good thing.

Some people are really impatient and that’s what I really hate. I was in a shop once and a lady pushed me on the floor. And sometimes at the till, people look at their watch and say, “Hurry up, I haven’t got all day.”

I have a talking problem and because I’m physically disabled they patronise me and think I can’t understand. It feels horrible, I do get very upset. Sometimes I go home and in the end I cry.

A Floating Support Officer comes to my house every two weeks and helps me sort out bills. It makes me feel alright because I can’t do it on my own.

They are very nice – it was a surprise at first! They talk to me and ask if I have any difficulties and try to help me. It feels good because I can’t do it on my own, like if I want to buy something with a cheque I can only write my name.

Now I live on my own I’ve got more time to do things. I go to work in a family centre and sometimes I work in their office. It gives me happiness because I love meeting people. I just like talking to people.

More people are being born like me and just because we have difficulties with talking, people can’t be bothered to understand us, and we get left out.

If I could ask people something, I would say, “Why do you leave us out, why don’t you talk to people like me?"

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