My friend receives support from disability carers – and her social life depends on when and if the carer (and accessible taxi) turns up.
In March she will recommence studying Criminology/Psych Science online. She says she has attempted tertiary study four times but had to withdraw due to in class support being ceased or reduced each time.
Felice also needs a new wheelchair – to allow her to have freedom. This wheelchair costs over $24,000 – she must find $16,000 of that herself. While working six days a week for eight hours a day in all types of weather. Earning $3 per magazine she sells. Her work days will be cut to one per week as she returns to study.
No one should live like this. It’s Australia and it’s 2015. When I ran this post by Felice, she said ” I struggle to feel worthy at times.”
These are the issues we need to care about. Not what a singer wore to the Grammys or who got voted out of the celebrity jungle or the release of the latest iDevice.
Politicians, employers, disability care providers, everyday people: take note. This is what we have to give a damn about – people like my friend Felice – and many, many others whose stories we don’t hear.