Lucy Brown CEO
Clients come to DI from all walks of life. Every client is unique. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to some of our clients who have kindly agreed to share their stories...
“My name is Sam and my disability is Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus which means that I have limited mobility and short-term memory difficulties which makes learning new things more difficult. I came to Disability Initiative in 2006 and attended a personal development course which helped me to improve my confidence and to think about attending a mainstream college. With DI’s help I enrolled in Farnborough College of Technology for a one year Business and Administration course. At the end of that year, I passed the course with a merit and decided to undertake a part-time admin role. Unfortunately this wasn’t the job for me so I decided to return to DI to improve my Maths and English skills and gain work experience on the reception desk. Since then my confidence has grown and with the help and encouragement from all the staff I have found voluntary work in a school”
“I am 46 and was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2003 and unfortunately had to have both surgery and chemotherapy which left me with severe balance problems, difficulties with talking and memory impairment. After a period of rehabilitation in hospital my care manager suggested that I attend DI to improve my mobility and independence and to meet other people as I had become very isolated at home having lost the ability and confidence to do things for myself and my family.
Initially I attended a computer skills course which I loved as I had been a PA prior to my illness. Attending functional mobility sessions, where I have used the Motomed regularly, has greatly improved my muscle strength, balance and confidence with walking. With DI’s help I have been able to access a local gym which has helped to keep up my fitness levels. As a result of cookery classes at DI, I have also been able to take many meals home for my family which they thoroughly enjoy. More recently I have even started driving again! I have made fabulous new friends at DI and especially enjoy the social evenings”.
"I developed Cerebral Palsy at 6 months after contracting meningitis. I joined DI in 2001, prior to this I had attended Treloar's College in Hampshire. My long term goals were to improve independence in personal tasks where possible and to find work experience either as a volunteer or paid. I have spent time working in the centre's adapted kitchen area, planning, preparing and cooking meals to take home. I have also attended DI's Personal Development course which targeted writing a CV, interview skills, confidence building, and self-esteem and ultimately work preparation. I gained a certificate from Brooklands College for this course and have undertaken voluntary work”.
“I’m 43 and am a qualified electric and heating engineer and plumber and also an avid motorcyclist! In October 2006, I had the misfortune of falling off my motorbike and head-butting a crash barrier sustaining severe head, face and arm injuries and had to have my heart “jump started” twice in A&E and spent a week in intensive care. I was referred to DI and joined the Cognitive Skills Group which enabled me to understand the impact of having a brain injury and to overcome some of the specific problems encountered on a day-to-day basis. DI has helped me improve my cognitive skills and develop new IT skills. I have found DI invaluable and my wife says I am now much easier to live with as a result!”