My mentoring experience has developed over time as colleagues and prominent members of society have mentored me by sharing their time, experiences and expertise to assist me to develop a range of skills and abilities that have helped me become the person I am today.
I have been a mentor for my colleagues and individuals who have wanted to develop skills and abilities I have demonstrated experience and expertise in. I have been privileged to have shared these times with some most remarkable and inspirational people. Last month I completed CDAH’s peer mentor training.
I was born with four coexisting conditions that meant I would always have low vision. The muscles in my eyes and eye lids are not fully formed which means I am unable to move my eyes or fully open my eye lids. My corneas, iris and lens are misshapen which distorts my vision. My retina is detaching. My eyes are set low down in their sockets which restricts my use of available sight. At present I am being challenged to embrace technology, aids an assistance to manage daily tasks.
Like some others who live with disability I struggled to learn. As I began to gain skills, abilities and work experience I began to recognise that with opportunity, resources and genuine support people with disabilities are able to learn and grow. The disability community is diverse and has a wealth of skills and abilities that would enhance any community.
Through peer mentoring I would like to offer YOU an opportunity to develop:
skills to set goals
strategies to achieve the goals you set
sound decision making skills
activities and experiences to widen life experiences
new ideas in a safe supportive environment
strategies and a plan that works toward you having YOUR BEST LIFE
I am an organised, focused, goal orientated person. I expect that when we enter into a mentoring partnership we both will work toward achieving the goals we set in the first meeting. I am looking forward to meeting you and working with you to make things better in your life.
If you would like me to be your mentor please contact CDAH.
A video about the NDIS and the importance of peer support. Made by people with intellectual disability for people with intellectual disability.