Finding Your Voice
Thursday, 2 July, 2020
Sheila became a wheelchair user following a car accident, here she shares her story on how Living Options Devon supported her in rebuilding her confidence and finding her voice.

I became a wheelchair user following a car accident.  When I had adapted as much as possible to a different way of living, but not feeling ready for employment, I joined a local group of disabled people who regularly took part in consultations on new services development and local accessibility improvements. Although warmly welcomed, I found it difficult to speak up in the company of people who appeared very knowledgeable about disability rights and had much longer-lived experience of disability.

"I now have my confidence to participate in the discussions that matter to me and a voice I want to share"

Through Living Options Devon free service user training, I learned about legislative reasonable adjustment requirements; assertiveness techniques and active listening skills.

To Find out more about our disability awareness training courses please contact our Disability Champion, Helen Smith by email

*All the names used in these stories are pseudonym's.

THANK YOU...Supporting someone like Sheila to build her confidence and find her voice, is only possible due to the support we receive from our funders and partners and through the generous donations we receive from you. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supports and donates to us, you make a massive difference to those who need our support, you help our beneficaries to have a voice and to live the life they choose.   

If you would like to support more people like Sheila then please consider either make a donation or donating your time through volunteering to Living Options Devon. 

Charity Living Options Devon delivers services and support to disabled people, people with a long term health condition, people with a hidden disability and Deaf people who use British Sign Langauge.  Your support ensures we can continue to provide services to those that need us, you can donate here or find out about our volunteering opportunities here. 

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Image shows woman with bionic arm, smiling and the words Your Stories - Sheila's story. "I now have the confidence to participate in the discussions that matter to me and a voice I want to share.

About Us

Living Options Devon is a well respected user-led organisation which works to ensure that people with disabilities and Deaf people can live the life they choose. Set up in 1990 LOD is a registered charity (Charity N0. 1102489) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 4925281). Based in Exeter and Barnstaple, our charitable aims mean we we can offer services across the South West and share good practice throughout the UK. Being led and run by people with disabilities and Deaf people ensures LOD has first hand knowledge and understanding of the issues facing service users and so is very well placed to increase the influence and voice of Deaf and disabled people. We do this by providing education, training and services which enable people to live the lives they choose.

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