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Hannen is a graduated leader, received a Run Project grant, and sat on the My Choice Matters Advisory Group. She said "I wanted to learn more about having a voice for myself because my family have always controlled me and I just wanted to have my own voice and opinions in my life."

Learn more about her story in the videos below.

My name is Nidhi Shekaran and I was born in India 30 years ago when there was no awareness about disability and not many support services available. I was diagnosed with mild Cerebral palsy at the age of 7 and with mild vision impairment. I left India at 11 to move to New Zealand where I received therapy services in school and was referred to ongoing services such as swimming, horse riding and adaptive technology for school. New Zealand was a very supportive country for people with disabilities.

I moved to Australia when I was 16 and completed school, although I did not feel very accepted and found it very difficult to access services at the beginning. This is why I've written this series of blogs. Social inclusion can help build people's independence, can help you learn social skills which particularly help build stronger relationships. It gives a person with a disability a stronger sense of community and may help build support networks particularly in times of need, which can make you feel less isolated. I feel that even though acceptance and inclusion can take a long time it has serious benefits. I hope that people with disability understand that there are lots of services in Australia to help you deal with specific issues and remember that having a disability does not have to stop you achieving your goals

Read the blogs below to find out more about social inclusion.

Shu talks about making choices and getting ready for a job. Watch the videos below to find out more.

Gayle talks about culturally sensitive services and how to get support. Watch the videos below to find out more.

Wil, Nat, and Wez have learnt a thing or two on their journey as a family.

Carol has learnt that speaking up and knowing her rights is important. Watch the videos below to find out more.

Being independent and having fun are important for Anthony to have a good life. Watch the videos below to find out more.