In this blog series, Adam Fox and I shall be delving into the world of disability with honest opinions and realistic perspectives. These real-life accounts will uncover what it’s like living in a world where a disability is the first thing most people notice. We will tell you the true story of the person behind the disability.
David is twenty-eight. Like any other guy, he loves going to the pub, hanging out with his friends and family and is a doting uncle to Katie and Lucy.
Taking pride in his work, David has two jobs; the first as a cleaner and the second as a mentor within the NHS for people with learning difficulties. He considers himself an expert in the field because of his condition, Cerebellar hypoplasia. By his own definition, this means that he needs support with day-to-day tasks and he finds balance and speech a little harder to handle.
For many people having a disability would give them several reasons to complain, but David takes all that life throws at him on the chin. However, the one thing he wishes he could change are his chances of becoming a cricket legend. As it stands though, his inability to consistently stay upright brings the possibility of an over-enthusiastic ball or even a misjudged bat swing, ending in catastrophe for him.
A self-confessed comedian, David constantly sees the funny side of everything and everyone. He argues that if people don’t understand his speech, then they should listen more carefully. If they think he’s had a few too many because of the way he walks, then they should mind their own business. He can’t help being disabled and quite frankly, he’s happy with who he is.
David goes so far as to say that his disability gives him opportunities that he wouldn’t have otherwise had. Living with his experiences makes him the perfect advocate for others. With his exuberant positivity and his countless purls of uncensored wisdom, he’s an all-round nice guy.
Being “normal” isn’t something that concerns David. His belief is that people fear those with learning difficulties and that, through no fault of their own, they don’t know how to approach someone who appears to be anything other than stereotypically able-bodied. The overriding message is that people with disabilities are just the same as anyone else and that’s how it should be.
This is David’s true story.