As the year comes to a close, reflecting on the journey thus far has been nothing short of eventful. From performing at renowned clubs like Just the Tonic to earning open spots at places like the Glee Club and more, the year has been a whirlwind. The highlights include not only stepping into the world of children’s literature with my debut book, ‘The Blue Badge Bunch,’ but also touring England with the Disability Awareness Gameshow.
Sharing my life with the amazing Jess has been a personal joy. Looking ahead to 2024, my goals involve maintaining financial independence by continuing to blend comedy and farm work. I’m also in the process of penning my second book on adaptability, aiming to inspire disabled children to pursue their dreams.
In addition to my endeavors, I am committed to making a positive impact by going into schools to educate students on disability awareness. Your ongoing support is invaluable, and I encourage you to share my website and story. In the coming year, I plan to feature posts about other disabled comedians, sharing insights and experiences. While I may not claim to be a pro just yet, my accumulated experience positions me to guide others through networking and navigating platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Together, let’s build a community that encourages and uplifts one another.
challenge of dispelling preconceived notions and combating biases against disabled individuals in the workforce.
In the era of pervasive mental health discussions, I feel compelled to share my personal struggles. It’s essential to acknowledge the societal barriers that individuals with disabilities face, especially in the professional realm. The unspoken biases and discomfort evident in the eyes of those encountering disability for the first time underscore the need for a paradigm shift in perceptions.
Through this narrative, I aim to shed light on the often-overlooked struggles faced by disabled individuals, both in forming genuine connections and in navigating the professional landscape. My story is not just a personal account but a testament to the broader societal challenges that merit recognition and change. As a disabled man, it can be challenging to explain to others why I love working every minute of the day. Some people advise me to take a rest, cautioning against overdoing it. However, I’ve come to understand my body better than anyone else. Over the past year, I’ve learned that if I’m not constantly working, keeping my mind active, and moving my body, I’ll pay the price. Whether it’s the risk of a mental breakdown or my body shutting down due to cerebral palsy, I’ve realized the importance of daily activity. Taking a day off during Christmas, for instance, has left me suffering from muscle pain, emphasizing the predicament I face. I want to visit my family, but the hours of driving with a bad hip present a significant challenge.