Today marks International Day of People with Disabilities. Set up in 1992 by the United Nations, today is a reminder to celebrate and recognise the diversity of people in our community and to learn from the experiences of those living with a disability.
This year's theme is 'Not all disabilities are visible'. With the help of some of our wonderful services users, we put together a short video to celebrate this important date in our calendars:
On International Day of People with Disabilities, we want to celebrate our brilliant service user Keith. Keith has Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) and requires a lot of emotional support to understand the needs of others and to manage his own emotions.
Keith is extremely kind and considerate and likes to be active and help others when he can. To help promote this, staff include him in the house shopping and cleaning around his home. Keith enjoys a wide array of activities, such as arts & craft, listening to music, walking, shopping, watching football, playing games and singing. In addition, he has joined the Bracknell Social services newsletter group and is actively involved in the planning of the content. He has designed the front cover, found some jokes to be featured in the newsletter, as well as a number of other tasks. He also participates in the weekly organisational meeting.
Keith likes to keep busy and has added a new hobby to his already full list. The wonderful staff at his scheme gifted him with a guitar for his birthday as he recently asked if he could learn to play the guitar. His link worker Jordan, has started guitar lessons with Keith and has come up with ideas to help him remember where to place his fingers and the cords.
Keith told his support staff early on that he was looking for a forever home where he could stay and he has found his scheme, thanks to the fantastic support he receives from staff.