Welcome to the Summer Foundation’s Staying Connected page.
This page provides the opportunity for people with experience of disability to share their stories.
My name’s Em and as part of my role at the Summer Foundation, I aim to share my experiences as a person with disability, and work with others to do the same!
Why share your story? Wherever you’re at in your journey, sharing your story will enable you to feel more heard, valued, informed, empowered and connected!
How can you share your story? There are lots of ways that we can work together to create and share your story. Maybe contribute to a blog post with me, share a photo, a poem or create a video.
Contact Us We would love to hear from you and support you to tell your story.
– Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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ADAPTING TO THE NEW COVID-19 NORMAL
Adapting to the new ‘COVID-19’ normal is definitely challenging. Throughout lockdown we have encountered many obstacles and have all developed strategies to overcome these.
In this video, a few people have shared the positive experiences and learnings that people hope will stay in place moving forward. Whether it’s being more creative, using their time more effectively or spending more time seeing friends virtually, hear how Michelle, Sam, Joan and Nick have adapted to the new ‘COVID-19’ normal.
LISA ENJOYING SDA LIFE
Lisa Corcoran shared about her recent move into a Specialised Disability Accommodation (SDA) apartment at our 2020 Annual Public forum.
In this video, Lisa shares her journey and thoughts about how she is enjoying life in her new SDA home. In 2019, Prior to moving into SDA, she shared her story during the Royal Commission.
PAULENE’S LIFE-CHANGING SUPPORT COORDINATION EXPERIENCE
Today, Paulene sits comfortably in her new specialist disability accommodation (SDA) apartment overlooking the city.
“I feel free, just so beautiful, I feel like I’m on top of the world…. I can make my own decisions now I’m my own person”.
This freedom is a strange feeling for Paulene.
Paulene’s a strong and fiercely independent person who, at the age of 44, began her journey as a person with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Despite her young age, she lived in an aged care facility for 6 years.CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL BLOG
The COVID-19 pandemic has made staying connected more important than ever before.
Why not feel more connected by viewing other people’s experiences through this difficult time!
Personal stories from our Annual Report
Ricky’s story – Our online PPE initiative was a huge relief for Ricky who is confined to her bed and unable to leave her home.Read Ricky's story here
Kirsty’s story – Kirsty, a talented artist, hasn’t looked back since she moved into her new SDA apartment in Adelaide during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read Kirsty's story here
Gina, a Summer Foundation Program Officer in our Lived Experience Team interviewed some people with disability in our network about their experience of this new ‘Call-to-Test’ Procedure.READ MORE
The Summer Foundation has connected with a number of people with disability over the years who have taken the time to share their personal stories with us. Here are a couple of our latest video stories:
Lisa has lived in a nursing home for about 6 years. Lisa shares how it feels to be preparing to move into an SDA apartment.
Sam shares the journey from a group home to living independently with support in an SDA apartment.
Liz shares through a poem her journey into her new SDA apartment.