About Me

About Me

I'm a 31-year-old man who has Cerebral Palsy (CP). I get around in a wheelchair and communicate with a tablet. I am living the life I always dreamt of because I took control and made things happen!

I have a fierce determination, coupled with easy-going and fun-loving energy.

My pastimes include playing poker, computer games (mainly Football Manager), PlayStation 4 and chess. I love to watch sports, particularly Ice Hockey. I'm a huge fan; never miss a game! "Go, Melbourne Mustangs!" Occasionally I enjoy hitting a club for a dance or a pub for a meal. I've travelled both interstate and overseas; I've even done an international cruise!

Image description: Jono dressed up in his Melbourne Mustangs jersey and scarf before heading to a game.
Image description: Jono smiling in his wheelchair in the city. There are high rises behind him.

Although I'm primarily wheelchair-bound, it doesn't stop me from being actively involved in the community. For the most part, I'm unable to communicate vocally; however, people can still understand some of the words I say. The societal perception is that I'm unintelligent and incapable of holding a conversation because I use a tablet to communicate.

In reality, I can communicate just as well as the next person.

I do not and have not let anything stop me from reaching my goals. When people tell me or even assume I'm unable to do something, I become determined to prove them wrong. It's like waving a red flag at a bull. Despite my achievements, people continue to doubt me, but I'm laser-focused on my goals, and I do achieve them.

Image description: Jono smiling in his wheelchair in the city. There are high rises behind him.

In 2016, I moved out of home and into my own unit.

This move gave me more independence than I ever had. I love my parents dearly, and I value their support tremendously, but moving out of the home has been the best decision I've ever made. Although it's only been a few years, I'm a better man for it.

My life has been a roller-coaster, but even so, I've been very successful. You can be too. Follow me on this journey to see how it's possible to live the life you want. Here, I'll openly share with you my knowledge and experience of living in this world with a complex disability.

Image description: Jono in his wheelchair next to a brick wall.