The future I am creating is primarily for young people in wheelchairs, by giving them an opportunity to have self employment under the protection of Kids with Ability. We will open our first office in the Inner West of Sydney, but within 3 - 5 years have 4 other serviced offices around the greater Sydney area as well as looking further afield to other major cities in Australia.
Eventually Kids with Ability will be able to go global, as this is a global problem for people in wheelchairs that are in search of living their dreams and passions in a safe environment.
In 2009 with the assistance of Sydney Secondary College and Ultimo Tafe we established a training program for 3 young men in wheelchairs. From there we worked towards using that information to service a couple of local businesses. Having the backing of Leichhardt Council providing a work space for them to continue with there work and following their own passions.
And I have a 21 year old son in a wheelchair. One day when he was 16 he came to me and said he had made a decision, to which I asked him what it was. He then told me he had decided to leave school at the end of the year. I then asked him what he would do for a job. This astonished him and unbeknownst to me his careers advisor had already told him he was unemployable and that’s the facts of life.
This concerned me and I always believed that we need to be part of the solution and not the problem, so I started to look into what was available employment wise for people in wheelchairs. The opportunities were little to nothing. Then in August 2008 I attended a weekend seminar that featured a number of successful Internet Marketers telling their stories. On the second day while listening to yet another success story, I had an epiphany and that was that people like my son could do this sort of thing, as they live and work on computers, for some it’s the only way they can communicate. Just because they are in wheelchairs doesn’t mean they are unintelligent. And a wheelchair is just another form of walking.