A Day in a Life With Disability
Genio Trust8 November 2011 - Original Source
Don Bailey, who navigates life in a wheelchair, spent most of his early life living in institutional care. When he left St. Joseph’s Hospital in Coole, Ireland at age twenty and moved to Dublin to work, he found the challenges of living on his own too difficult to manage. He quit his job and moved back home with family. But three years later, he tried it again. This time, he developed a support network of colleagues and community members who offered him help when he needed it. Through the network he joined other people with disabilities, and Don learned about personal assistant services that provide day-to-day customised support. This opened a world of opportunities.
“The older you get, and more disabled, the less energy you have to spend on the important but mundane things, and the less energy you have for living,” Don says. “ After a very short period it dawned on me how much more of life was available.” Don now serves in a managerial position at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and is an active member of the disability community in Dublin.