Story by Colby Hickey
I have always been a very social person. But when COVID-19 hit I was forced to become a stay at home guy. I got very depressed and found I was unable to look forward too much. However I had the power of technology on my side and great support workers.
I stayed connected to my friends and family through Zoom and text. My project for 2020 was to have a job, which at the time felt super far away.
My plan for 2021 is to continue to work at Down Syndrome Victoria and hopefully get a full time job or run my own business. I want to run my own business which will help people like me and many more to get proper managed help and NDIS approved help, like support workers and involved case managers.
I think I contribute a unique perspective to my community. I am a non-verbal, autistic man with Down syndrome. However, I may show some behaviours of concern as I struggle to regulate my emotions. I live in Saint Kilda where people know me so well, I have my own celebrity status.
I, however, love a beer or wine with my mates and listening to live music.
I depend on communicating with my people and this year has shown I need it more than ever.