Disability champion videos

Watch videos featuring our Disability Champions who share their stories and achievements with us.

These Disability Champions talk about the inspiring things they have done with their lives, and how they manage their disability while achieving their goals.

Sam

In this video, Sam talks to us about how his severe sensorineural hearing loss hasn't stopped him from chasing his dreams of becoming a Forensic Psychologist. Sam is on the Disability Support Pension and is studying at TAFE to work towards his chosen career.

Sam tells us about how it hasn't been an easy road for him and how some days it's difficult to manage with a hearing loss. He says no matter how great the burden or emotional strain is, if you always stick to your values you'll come out on top.

Colleen

In this video, Colleen talks to us about how a back injury at work changed her entire life. Colleen had to give up her job in a department store and go onto Disability Support Pension. Colleen also tells us about how she had to 're-invent' herself.

When Colleen started volunteer work, she discovered what she wanted to do with her career. Colleen is now studying community services at TAFE and is hoping to one day set up a support group for women with low self-esteem. She says she ‘now has an exciting pathway ahead of her and is hoping to go to university’.

Jo

In this video, Jo talks to us about how she has suffered with health problems her whole life and how it nearly got the better of her. Jo thought she would never get well again but after seeing a psychiatrist who talked her into coming to see us, she was surprised at all the help and options available.

After being referred by Centrelink to a Disability Employment Service provider, Jo was able to access a number of support services. Jo is now running her own painting classes, goes to the gym regularly and says she is looking forward to a different future.

Danielle

In this video, Danielle talks to us about how study and party planning have helped her come out of her shell, meet new people and earn extra money. Danielle, who has diabetes, tells us that 3 years ago she thought she had no future, but with support she has turned her life around. Danielle has made a remarkable transformation and is studying a Bachelor of Business. She says the most important thing she has learnt is to never give up.

Matthew

In this video, Matthew talks to us about how a car accident changed everything, including his career that he thought he had all mapped out. Matthew had to give up his full time career in the construction industry due to a back injury after the car accident and go onto Disability Support Pension. Matthew talks to us about how we were able to help him restart study and casual work. He says the accident has taken its toll, but has taught him a lot about himself.

Tonia

In this video, Tonia talks to us about how obtaining a part-time job at her local deli has made her feel independent, capable and really good about herself. Tonia has a connective tissue disorder and has been applying for different jobs over the last 10 years without success due to her medical condition. Initially, Tonia thought she would only last a few months in her deli job, but the support shown by her employer and knowing her employer relies on her, has motivated Tonia to keep up with her medication and undertake more exercise to make her stronger and better at managing her job. This part time job has given Tonia so much more time than she ever imagined.

Neil

In this video, our Disability Champion Neil talks about how he has learnt to manage his disability and study full time. After being diagnosed with a kidney disorder, Neil had to give up his job and he found it hard to adjust to this change. Neil spoke to us and was surprised by the amount of support, options and services available to him. Neil is now looking at what he wants to do with his future and says there are so many possibilities for him.

Bec

In this video, our Disability Champion Bec, talks about how autism has affected her ability to work. We also hear how Bec's determination, understanding of her disability and support network all come together to help her achieve her goals. Bec has surprised everyone, especially her parents.

Kristalee

In this video, our Disability Champion Kristalee talks about how she manages her disability and achieved her goals. After being hit by a car that left her with a brain injury, doctors told Kristalee that she would never work full time again. Kristalee went into a state of deep depression and fear. Kristalee persevered and is now running her own successful business. Kristalee says, ‘the sky is the limit’.

Paul

In this video, Paul talks to us about how working part time for Trolleys has helped him gain new skills, friends and confidence. Paul tells us how his learning difficulties made school a real struggle for him and that he had no confidence. Since starting part time work, Paul says he is very proud of his job, loves being outdoors and will continue to work for Trolleys until he retires.

Page last updated: 30 September 2016

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