Inspirational people: Overcoming disability
Every Friday weâ€™ll be telling you the story of an inspirational jobseeker. Although the names of the people have been changed, these are stories of real people who have overcome adversity to get the job they always wanted.
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 spent his days playing computer games, and getting increasingly depressed. Heâ€™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 couldnâ€™t possible do the course as he was disabled. The person on the other end of the phone said they actually welcomd disabled people. Jonathan hadnâ€™t even signed up to the course, but thought heâ€™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 â€“ and heâ€™s loving every minute.
He never did find out who signed him up for the adventure course!
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