Dylan Geary – Grow Learn Inspire

Dylan Geary on Village Buzz

Dylan Geary on Village BuzzHi, my name is Dylan and I am 16 years old.  I have athetoid cerebral palsy. This means that I have a brain injury that affects how I control my body, particularly my head, arms & hands, legs & feet.  I need help to do things for myself and some things have to be done for me.

I have two main challenges in life – being able to move around and communicating what I’m thinking and feeling.

I use a wheelchair most of the time & am working at using a walking frame at high school. I am also practicing using an electric wheelchair. My parents transport me in my chair to and from school, appointments & outings with friends in our van.

The biggest obstacle for me is about how other people see me – they don’t presume that I’m intelligent. Just because I don’t have speech, it doesn’t mean that I have nothing to say.

People I interact with often don’t understand that I’m using many different channels of communication to express myself. I use my voice, my face, my eyes, my actions, my head, or sometimes my whole body to let people know what I’m thinking and feeling.

My best way of talking is using a speaking machine and activating it with my eye gaze. I have to stay very still which is tricky for me. I am learning a new system of forming complex language. On the 2nd September I used this for the first time to present at the Sensitivity Unit (provides devices & equipment for adults & children to use to understand what it's like to have a disability) fundraiser, at Craigslea State School, Chermside West. You can watch my presentation here: https://www.facebook.com/GoDylanGo/posts/1574905462552851

I work really hard each week with my conductive education therapists and practice sitting and standing and walking. I am very busy and this takes a lot of effort and time. I love getting stronger and being helped to do as much for myself as possible.

I love school and this year I am in year 11. I am preparing for life when I finish school at the end of next year. I am exploring ideas, including running my own business, painting and helping out at the Sensitivity Unit, a place for education about disability and inclusion.

I want to present at events and help to educate people about disability and be a mentor for younger people living with a disability.

To enable me to continue to get around, my parents are fundraising for a new van to transport me & my wheelchair in. They hope to raise $10,000 in the next 1-12 months. To help us achieve my goal you can:-

*Join us at Riverwalk, a 5km walk for brain injury, at Orleigh Park at 10AM, finishing at 1PM at West End, Brisbane & ask friends & family to sponsor you.

*Make a donation via my every day hero page https://give.everydayhero.com/au/riverwalk-team-dylan. Any donations over $2 are tax deductible.

* Share this article with your family & friends.

I thank you all for your love & support. Please stay abreast my journey by following me on facebook at: facebook.com/godylango

Thanks to Samantha Deveson from Verve Massage for letting us know about Dylan.

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