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Paul on the microphone

Orana and Flinders University joined forces in a project that aims to promote and increase community inclusion for people with disability.

Lindsay aka ‘Paul’, an employee at Orana’s Ridleyton Business Service, was a guest lecturer at Fiona Rillotta’s Intellectual Disability class at Flinders University last October.

For the past few months, Paul has been expressing his interest in speaking up and sharing his story in front of the microphone to a large audience.

Supported by his Client Coach at Orana, Paul was assisted to prepare his lecture, organising the ideas and anecdotes he was willing to share with the group. After a few rehearsals and meetings, he gained confidence and was ready to share his own journey with the audience.

With the assistance of Orana staff, Paul made contact with Flinders University and was invited to present a lecture to a group of Disability and Developmental Education students.

Paul spoke to a classroom full of Masters, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education students.

Paul left some wise words and inspiration for the students present, for some of whom this was their final lecture of their University career.

Paul said ‘If we can all come together as a community we can create change for people with disability’. ‘People should realise that individuals with disability are capable, they should not be underestimated’, said Paul.

He emphasised that ‘No one should be left on the backburner; people should be helped to be put on the right path so they can achieve their goals’.

Congratulations to Paul for his determination in gaining public speaking skills, sharing his own journey and encouraging people with disability to work towards their personal goals. Paul so enjoyed the experience of being behind the microphone that he is already planning his next public speech!

Thanks to Kayla Nowicki, Flinders University student for her collaboration with this article.