Hello, my name is Jono.
I was born in 1990, and I have a condition called Cerebral Palsy, or CP for short. I am somewhat non-verbal, and I use a tablet to communicate. I also use a motorised wheelchair for mobility.
I am a very determined person and I will not let anything stop me reaching my goals. If anyone says I can't do something it just makes me more determined to prove them wrong. It's pretty much like waving a red flag at a bull. In my life I have had so many people doubt me, and despite my achievements, I continue to have people doubt me. But I know what I want in life, and I will achieve it.
My hobbies include poker, computer games, mainly football manager, play station 4 and chess. I occasionally like to go to clubs and pubs for a dance or a meal. As well as that, I love to watch sports. I am well and truly over AFL, especially now that I have found Ice Hockey. "Go Melbourne mustangs!" I never miss a game.
I won an international poker tournament in New Zealand in 2013, which enabled me to buy my own car, as well as my automated High – Low bed. I have done some interstate traveling, and I've been on an international cruise.
I have now been working since November 2014 at St John of God Accord as an Administration Assistant. I also run my own business “Calling The Brains Bluff” offering public speaking and advocacy services.
In 2016 I moved out of home and moved into my own unit.
This move has given me more independence than I have ever had. I love my parents dearly, and value the support they give me. I have made a few good and a few bad decisions in my life but moving out of home has by far been best decision I've ever made. Even though it has only been a few short years, I have become a better man for it.
In my life I have had many challenges, and I am sure there will be many more in the future. Despite these challenges, I live an independent, loving and peaceful life.