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Storybook highlights experiences of people with a disability

Since arriving in Australia two years ago as a refugee, Jubran Eesee’s dream was to get his driver’s licence.

Despite the challenges of settling into a new country and living with a disability, that dream became a reality a few months ago.

The Elizabeth Hills resident has been working with a ‘linker’ from not-for-profit organisation Settlement Services International (SSI) as part of the Ability Links NSW program to help him achieve his goals.

Mr Eesee’s journey is documented in a new storybook launched by SSI to highlight the diverse experiences of people with a disability, their families and their carers who have been supported by the ALNSW program.

SSI chief operations officer Stephen O’Neill said the stories aimed to encourage social change.

“This storybook aims to highlight the valuable contribution people with a disability make,” he said.

For Mr Eesee, the future is bright.

“With the support of ALNSW, I gained a solid knowledge of how disability services work here,” Mr Eesee said.

“My linker helped me apply for the NDIS and I’ve already been granted my package, which has allowed me to receive the benefits and support services that I need.”

Mr Eesee has also enrolled into TAFE to improve his English, which he hopes will help him pursue further studies and find employment.

With the help of his linker, he is working on his ultimate dream of becoming an Australian citizen.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/liverpool-leader/storybook-highlights-experiences-of-people-with-a-disability/news-story/3c79658b2d5ba4604c130a2ad4c2f528

Read the storybook at ssi.org.au/services/ability-links-nsw.