Creeks, Paddles and the Unknown

Some of you know, I haven’t been very happy with my current living situation, and have been exploring other avenues. I deal with a lot of the crap that goes on here, I mean, it’s extremely frustrating, when people find dirty dishes in my cupboards on a regular basis, and being judged all the time for the stuff I do and/or don’t do, but I deal with it. However, what I cannot deal with is this; ILC is making it really hard for me to get out and about with an attendant. So, working, and doing book related activities are a struggle because people at ILC think I’m not independent enough, and shouldn’t require assistance for such things. Although I enjoy speaking, and showcasing Starkeeper, these tasks are part of my jobs. Furthermore, don’t they realize that if I could do said tasks on my own, I definitely would?

Sadly, finding someone to assist me out in the community is not a new issue. It came up when I started modeling, which is one of the reasons why I put my modeling aspirations on hold, but I digress. One of the avenues that I’ve been exploring to remedy my issue is Direct Funding, which is a program that gives you a chunk of money each year to hire your own attendants. However, DF might not meet all my needs, and if I apply for it, I would be taking a risk because I don’t know how or even if Direct Funding would work for me.

I don’t want to stay where I’m not happy, but I don’t want to put myself up a creek without a paddle, either. So, do I trust myself to make and/or find paddles when I need them? I don’t know.

One Comment

  • Peter Martin(Lvegas69 on CB) says:

    I know you’ve felt like this for some time and it seems, the ILC directors are either ignoring or disregarding your grievances, knowing you Andre, You have voiced them very eloquently.
    You are such an independent guy I know you’re not asking the impossible, so I cannot see why they’re not resolving your issues as soon as they come up.
    I suppose funding is an issue, again an attendant to assist you in your busy life should be a no Brainer, Totally reasonable.
    A Personal Assistant would be the ideal solution, someone flexible who can help you physically and with office skills, someone you can trust, and have a connection with, ie on your level intellectually.
    The old ‘Better the Devil you know’ adage comes to mind in regards to your housing. That is Stay There for now, I think you should continue to research all your options. And also check what, if any funding would be available for a Personal Assistant.
    I hate to see this situation getting you down and hope you get some satisfaction very soon

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