Inspirational people: Overcoming disability
Our new series is focusing on inspirational people who have overcome adversity to get their dream job.
This week we tell the story of Jonathan Stevens, who changed his outlook on life after being signed up to an adventure course.
Confined to a wheelchair after an accident, 20-year-old Jonathan Stevens had pretty much written off his career prospects. He thought it was tough enough getting work if you were able-bodied, never mind disabled, and so spent his days playing computer games, and getting increasingly depressed. He’d got decent A-level grades, but then so did a lot of his friends who were out of work.
Then one day he got a letter from a well-known organisation that specialises in outdoor adventure programmes, giving him a start date for a course. Jonathan thought it was a cruel joke and angrily phoned the company complaining that he couldn’t possibly do the course as he was disabled. The person on the other end of the phone said they actually welcomd disabled people. Jonathan hadn’t even signed up to the course, but thought he’d go for it anyway.
The course was tough, but it gave him a new perspective. Inspired to get other people in his situation into rewarding careers, he returned from the course and got a job in the call centre of an organisation that offers help and advice to disabled people, and he’s loving every minute.
He never did find out who signed him up for the adventure course!
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