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helping everyone be someone

By ASHLEY SMITHPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

Ever since my children were born with disabilities and health problems I have researched and studied their conditions and learnt from them. While working full time I volunteered at their special schools, took them to hospital appointments and took them to specialist therapies.

The job I did I hated but I needed to pay the bills, the voluntary and parental stuff I liked much more. Once they had grown up and I had left the family home it was time to do the job I actually wanted. The pay is far less so could only afford to do living alone and then by renting with my partner.

I have professionally cared for every age from 3 to 113, covered just about every physical and mental health condition you could name and have enjoyed it nearly all. I have helped teenagers to say their own name and to dress them selves, I Have held the hand of hundred year olds as the pass away. I have made some laugh and stopped some from crying, I have stopped some dying and have fixed some that got damaged.

I am presently unwell with long covid so have been wondering how to make a living from my knowledge and experience if I have to stop working. While ill I have completed the qualification to reach management level so would be a waste if couldn't make use of it.

I want to help people with disabilities and health conditions, i want to help their families and to help the wider world with information. I know from taking out people I care for that the public often don't know what to do or say, the same when they see a person in a wheelchair or with a cane.

I want to help people get access to the rights and finances they deserve, help families and carers find the best services and to make it all more straightforward .If more people have knowledge then more people can help and more can be helped.

I want businesses to be welcoming to disabled people, both when customers and even employees. I want disabled people to have more chances for independence and not to be afraid if they go out of their comfort zone. It needs work and it needs to be accessible for all.

My idea was a web site I could build with all the information needed on it, So nobody has to search myriad sites trying to find information, often then finding it to be out of date. If someone looked in my website and asked how do I teach my autistic son how to make eye contact more I would have the information put in front of them.

I would try and work with charities and advice groups that help various different groups of people and I would try to get their information on my site to increase the chance of it being seen. Double the exposure so that more can help.

There are a number of rules and regulations that needed to be understood to help people get what they need. I would have pages explaining the laws and showing how they apply. Often caring for someone with a health problem or a disability is hard enough without any additional stress.

As I am UK based the rules and laws would be UK ones but the ideas and suggestions to help with care and education are international. I would hope to earn through subscriptions and advertising, hopefully so this could be a career. I can help many more people then just the ones I do today, the more the merrier.


About the Creator


England based carer, live with my wife, her parents and 4 cats. will write for all areas but especially mental health and disability. though as stuff for filthy seems popular will try there . any comments, suggestions or requests considered

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