St Vincent’s Young Adult Complex Disability Service (YACDS) aims to help young adults with a complex physical disability, their families and carers, move into adult healthcare from children’s health services.
We help link those with a complex developmental disability who are transitioning from children’s health services into adult health services by reviewing their current health needs and working with them to manage their own health care.
Many of our clients are living with cerebral palsy which is why we are promoting World CP Day – the day aims to raise awareness of cerebral palsy in our communities and assists others to look beyond the disability.
At an event held to mark World CP Day, Sean Lynch, 19, and Samson Hailu, 23, spoke about their passions and urged people to not see them differently because of their disability.
“I’m 19 and I have cerebral palsy. I started coming to St Vincent’s recently for different therapies and find it a supportive and friendly hospital. Horse racing has been my passion ever since I was a kid. It’s a lot of fun and I like getting people with disability involved in racing. On this World Cerebral Palsy Day, I would like to say that one should not judge another person by their wheelchair, but only by who they are as a person,” Sean Lynch said.
And Samson Hailu said: “I have been coming to St Vincent’s for 5 years now to get treatments to manage my cerebral palsy. This hospital is a really warm and welcoming place and all of the people I have come into contact always ensure that I’m actively involved in the process. I love public speaking and what I want my public speaking to do is to inspire people with disability and also to educate society that we are not so much different. We want people to work with us to achieve our dreams and aspirations because we all have dreams and aspirations.”