Hi I am Jo. I feel really privileged to be given the opportunity to be a peer mentor for CDAH.
I have an adult daughter who loves life, her passion is horses. She loves to spend much of her time within the equestrian community. Spending time engaging with those who share her passion gives her a great sense of belonging. She is a valued member and volunteer of an equestrian club and would also like to find work within the equestrian industry.Networking or connecting with people to gather information and build my families resilience and capacity is a passion of mine. I have supported people with disabilities and their families to develop their own vision of a valued life, defining their own meaningful identity and a sense of belonging within their local community. A vision is the journey and belonging is the destination. Belonging is not where you live, it is how you live and it does take considerable ongoing effort and planning to embed yourself within a community that is right for you.
For my family and I, belonging has been a process of stages: early childhood, primary school, high school and now post school. It is an ongoing process evolving as our communities transition to the next stage of life, always with opportunities but always striving to keeping to the values of our inclusive life vision.
In my mentoring I can offer skills to:
Assist individuals in developing their life vision and/or setting goals to work towards that vision.
Identify actions and skills required to achieve their goals.
Build a person’s confidence with their existing skills and their ability to learn new skills.
In my spare time I attend lead lighting classes and create lead light windows, my favourite glass is rose coloured glass.
A video about the NDIS and the importance of peer support. Made by people with intellectual disability for people with intellectual disability.