Living the life I want

Posted on 01 December 2016 by Yooralla

In celebration of International Day of People with Disability on 3 December, Yooralla customer Jonathan shares his experience of moving into one of Yooralla’s supported accommodation units, and how he gained the independence he’d always dreamed of.

I’m Jono and I have a physical disability. Even though I have a disability, I don't let it stop me from living the life I want to live.

In April 2016, I moved into my very own brand new unit, supported Yooralla accommodation staff. It’s been the best decision I ever made, and now I am proud to say that I’m living the life I want.

Although I have a great family, I wanted to be independent and to live of my own. With support from Yooralla, I am living out my dream. I can control my life without feeling guilty of putting someone out, or worrying about the support I need.

These days, I want to go and do more things, and experience more that life has to offer. I still spend a lot of time with my family, but now that I don’t rely on them for support, our time together is more about enjoying their company. Recently, I made the decision to employ someone to go clubbing with – and I’m loving it!

One of the things I love about my unit is the home automation technology. Thanks to my Samsung Galaxy Tab S, I can do so many more things around the home for myself.  I can do things like open my door which means I can go and come as I please, I can control my air conditioner, blinds and TV, and soon I’ll be able to control the lights too. Over the past five months, I have been working with Summer Foundation to make a video to show how technology has improved my life.

Since I moved, I also have started my own business. I regularly do presentations and talks on a wide range of topics, mostly about my life experience. Yooralla staff help me to make this a possibility. I have even created a website to promote and help manage the business. I wanted to have my own website for few years, and now finally I have one.

Honestly, I can’t find one bad thing about from moving from my family home into my own unit. Yooralla have made this a smooth transition for me. The house manager and carers are great people who I can approach if I have any problems. I thought I would get bored at first living on my own, but I’m so busy getting out and about that there’s no time to be bored.

Remember, only you can change you.


Jono is available to provide motivational speaking and mentoring on a wide range of topics including life with disability, independent living and choosing your own supports.

For bookings, enquiries or further information, visit Calling the Brain’s Bluff.

Yooralla’s Accommodation services support people to achieve their personal goals and live their lives to the fullest.

Learn more about Yooralla’s Accommodation services.

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