Shane leading the way

Image caption: Shane, promoting the Self-Advocacy Network at Multicap's Open Day

Finding open employment is Shane’s number one priority and he’s doing everything he can to make sure he’s ready.

The qualified barista and former Employee of the Year at Multicap’s Capalaba coffee cart would like to work in hospitality.

"I’d like to work in a club, café or bar. I work hard, and you can leave me alone with service and everything,” Shane said.

Thanks to Multicap’s Self-Advocacy Network, Shane says he now has the confidence to enter the open market.

“I have more confidence now and know how to speak up for myself,” he said. “That will help me in a job.”

While Shane is actively looking for work, he keeps very busy with regular activities at the Capalaba Hub and cooking at his Alexandra Hills Supported Independent Living house. He is now Chair of the Capalaba Self-Advocacy meetings helping other people to learn their rights and speak up. Shane is also accepting opportunities to speak in the broader community.

During the year he spoke to clinicians and managers at Metro South Health about his experience as a patient and how providing care to people with disability can be improved.

Through his involvement in the Self-Advocacy Network, Shane, 54, also spoke at a Multicap leadership meeting this year, which he describes as the ‘best day ever’.

"I am getting the chance to talk and say what I want, and that helps to improve my life and get what I want,” Shane said.

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