By making a donation to Yooralla, you can help us to actively support people with disability, their families and carers, in all their diversity, to live the life they choose.
Read the stories we've shared as part of our latest fundraising appeals.
Empowering parents with disability
Did you know that there is currently very little support for parents with disability? Becoming a new parent is tough as you to figure it all out. But for many parents with disability it can also bring fear and judgement. It’s something that Lisa is all too familiar with. She had a stroke when she was three which resulted in hemiplegia – paralysis down the right side of her body, a permanent clenched fist and a limp. It hasn’t stopped her living an independent life, yet when was pregnant she faced questions about how she would support her child. That’s where Yooralla’s Parenting with Disability program stepped in.
Read about our appeal - Empowering parents with disability.
Will began walking at 10 months, but by 16 months his gait had changed to more of a waddle and by 18 months, his balance and muscles had weakened considerably. He was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, and lost his ability to run and walk independently quite suddenly. His mother, Kiera, came to Yooralla soon after Will was diagnosed. Overnight, Will’s world opened up just a little bit more.
Read about our appeal - Empower children like Will.
Jack is a bubbly three year old boy who loves to play with his friends. After he was born, Jack was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and quadriplegia - which means he can't walk on his own. Yooralla therapists introduced him the Wizzybug - a motorised wheelchair designed specifically for children under five. It allows Jack to keep up with his friends and get around on his own - building his independence. But at $10 000, it is out of reach for most families. However, Jack's family hopes that, with Yooralla's support, Jack will be able to get a Wizzybug of his very own.
Running around her backyard, Emmy looks like an average four year old girl. But Emmy is anything but average. She’s actually one of a kind. Emmy was born with Patau syndrome - a rate chromosomal abnormality that affected her development. But this hasn't stopped Emmy from working with Yooralla therapists to achieve her goal - going to kindergarten!
Daniela has always been passionate about cooking, from making meals to sharing homemade treats with those around her. After finishing school with a Certificate 1 in Hospitality, Daniela was ready to put her skills to use and gain experience working in catering, a kitchen or a café. However despite being qualified, willing and able, Daniela received rejection after rejection. Though it wasn’t said, Daniela felt that these potential employers were not giving her the chance she deserved out of fear and the unfamiliarity of hiring a person with disability. Just as Daniela was beginning to give up hope, the opportunity she had dreamed of finally came along - Yooralla Catering.
Marco recently celebrated his fifth birthday. A charismatic young boy full of energy and intrigued by the world around him, Marco loves to laugh, learn and play. But things haven’t always been as easy for Marco and his family as they are today. When Marco was two years old, Trish began to notice there was something different about Marco. By two and a half, Marco was barely speaking, and frequently displayed behaviours that were becoming increasingly challenging. Trish decided to reach out to Yooralla's Early Intervention Service - and that's when things began to change for Marco and his family.
Learning to drive is a milestone for young adults, but it's especially important for people in regional areas at risk of isolation. As a young person with disability, life without a license meant participating in normal day to day activities was almost impossible for Mycalie. Thanks to Yooralla's Driver Training program, Mycalie and many of her peer's now have their driver's licenses and are able to live full and independent lives.
Colleen was a fit and healthy 22-year-old when she suffered a stroke. After undergoing surgery, Colleen had to re-learn how to eat, walk and talk. Colleen also required a very high level of care and support. After time spent at home, and living in a share house, Colleen's family started searching for accommodation where Colleen could receive the care and support she needed. But there was only one place available – a local nursing home. But in 2015, Colleen and her family got the call they had been waiting for. Colleen was invited to move into a state-of-the-art new unit in Frankston, specifically developed for young people living in nursing homes.