“A Better Life” (Disability ACT)

Enhanced Services Grant recipients were asked “What makes a better life?”
Engaging Solutions Digital Storytelling Workshop + Screening.

“The Lion and the Monster”

Donna reflects on and articulates what it is like for her living with anxiety.
Through externalising conversations (a narrative therapy technique), Donna is able for the first time separate herself from what she now calls “The Monster” and is able to rewrite her dominant life story of anxiety with the recognition of “The Lion” within her.
Donna’s story is now being used to remind Donna of her inner strength and as source of hope and understanding for others living with (or caring for someone living with) anxiety.

“Chris’s Story”

After a life-changing accident, Chris shares the impact it had on his life including loss of sense of smell and the role nature now plays in his creation of his new life.
The acquired brain injury from the accident meant focusing and articulating his own story was often a source of frustration for Chris. But by using the methods used by Engaging Solutions, Chris was able to articulate and share his story in a safe and purposeful way with his family, friends and support workers.

 

“Dreaming of an Accessible Australia”

Yasmine shares her idea of a simple way for people with mobility impairments to find information on mobility assistance available throughout Australia. She articulates why an “Accessible Australia” website would make an “enormous difference” to her life and others.
This story is an example of storytelling as an innovative application of community education as it has the potential to cover all stages of the Continuum of Change.

“Finding Vera”

Vera cares for a number of people in her life and has found her self-care has been neglected for many years. Reflection on feelings of guilt around self-care and a loss of connection with her own self-identity lead Vera to making this story of her own story.
Discovering and reaffirming self-identity can be a powerful story to revisit in times of despair. For carers, it can be a reminder of the importance of their own self-care.

“Corinna’s Story”

Twenty-nine year old Corinna loves to dance! Living with a disability has meant her mum did all the driving to and from lessons and performances for which Corinna is very grateful. However, a grant to pay for taxi vouchers to dancing has given her a new sense of independence and makes her “feel like a 29 year old, not a kid”.
This story gave Corinna the opportunity to say thank you to her mum and articulate her feelings of frustration and then independence. It is also gave funding bodies authentic lived-experiential feedback directly from the community.

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