A connection lasting half a century

DATE: 21 May 2018

A connection lasting half a century

Daniel who has a degenerative form of cerebral palsy, began his 50 year connection with Yooralla at the age of 5.

As part of Yooralla’s centenary celebrations we have released a new video that recognise the life of Daniel who has a 50 year connection with Yooralla.

It began when he was a student with Yooralla’s kindergarten when he was 5. He was later a student at Glenroy Special School where he witnessed the Queen officially open the school in 1976. In his 20s and 30s he was an employee in Yooralla’s Business Enterprise, and now he is a resident of one Yooralla’s accommodation sites so that he can live closer to his Mum.

Daniel has a degenerative form of cerebral palsy. He’s also a proud Tiger’s fan.

“The first thing that people know about me is that my blood is not red - it is yellow and black!” he proudly says.

When asked to reflect on his connection with Yooralla Daniel said he wanted to send a big thank you needs to go out to the carers, the occupational therapists, the physiotherapists and the speech pathologists.

“Especially thanks to my wonderful teachers and Principals at my 3 schools that helped me to get where I am. Thank you to the OTs and physios - because someone with cerebral palsy spends a lot of time with OTs and physios. I would also like to thank the speech therapists that I’ve had to work with as well. It hurts me to actually talk – one of my doctors told me I shouldn’t technically be able to talk!” said Daniel.
“As far as Yooralla, as an organisation goes, they’ve been wonderful for me,” said Daniel.

Yooralla also recently trialled Wi-Fi service at Daniel’s accommodation.

He said the value of Wi-Fi was that it was important for people with disability who needed communication aids. Daniel likes to read three books at once, however with this eyesight deteriorating he can’t continue to do this.

“With the Wi-Fi, I can now download talking books and keep reading,” said Daniel.

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