Overcoming challenges, staying positive, understanding and communicating about disability
Date: 10th September 2021
Equality, diversity and inclusion are important. How can we better understand the way others feel, particularly when we have no experience of their situation and their challenges?
Simon, supported by Emma, will tell us about his life in a wheelchair and the challenges he faces in day-to-day life. He’ll describe what he does to stay positive, particularly in a year of huge family loss.
He’ll highlight the importance of communication – how he supports his non-verbal housemate, how he advocates for himself and others and why he thinks people feel uncomfortable around disability.
There’ll be some enlightening exercises in communicating without words, putting your trust in someone and understanding how it feels to help and be helped.
There’ll also be a chance to ask Simon some questions in this important and eye-opening workshop.
Simon Shave is a fun-loving 45-year-old who was born with a physical and learning difficulty. The oldest of 6 children, his family is really important to him. He lives in Supported Living – a bungalow in the community – with his housemate and little dog Amber. He is supported by Dorset charity Diverse Abilities, which provides his care and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Emma Wray leads the team that provides care and support for Simon. The aim of the team is to enable Simon and his housemate to live their lives to the full.
She has worked with Simon for the past 18 years and they’ve built a great relationship over that time.