How does a middle-aged spastic get voluntary work?
I'm a middle-aged spastic, having been born with CP. I'm not in a wheelchair and I have17 Computing qualifications, including an HND equivalent. Thing is, I have Hydrocephalus along with the CP and this does make me look like a gnome gone wrong.
So I go along for a voluntary job and get the dreaded 'We'll Let You Know, Dear', or 'Leave us your name and number and We'll Get Back To You.' Or I get put down as a volunteer and treated like a user - every time anyone asks me to do anything it's 'It's OK, Dear. We can handle it!' And you end up not getting to actually help. Which means you start wondering why you're going there - you don't want to just be a user but you're forced into that role because nobody lets you do anything else.
Anyone got any ideas how to get around this? I'm pretty bright - though I. Always. Get. Spoken. To. In. Words. Of. One. Syllable. Slowly. Like. This. I'm a good learner and think of myself as fairly capable - if I need help, I'll ask for it. And I'm always willing to do things. Yet it's so RARE that anyone actually LETS me do anything, it's a permanent frustration like an itch you can't scratch.
And then I'm accused of being a 'lazy retard' by various members of the General Public, which annoys me even more! I challenge those members to give me work and they snigger. 'What can you do?' and walk off.
All I'm asking for is to be given a chance to get started somewhere, and nobody seems to want to let me have it.