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Wollongong City Council

Hayley

"I currently work and am doing a law degree through distance learning."

I love to read, watch movies and go out with friends. I have to plan my outings. Is there an accessible bathroom and enough space for me to move
around? Are the footpaths accessible?

When I was 21 I found out I had crohn’s disease. I spent my 20’s being sick. The disease makes it hard to absorb food so you’re always feeling tired and being near a toilet is essential. Being in a wheelchair made things more difficult, I didn’t want to participate or go out.

I eventually got so sick I had surgery. I spent 5 months in hospital, 6 weeks in intensive care. Since my surgery I feel better.

I don’t get judged for my physical disability but having a hidden disability would be harder. People shouldn’t be quick to jump to conclusions if someone
is using an accessible facility.

Technology has improved accessibility. Online media has also helped people make changes and connect with other people.