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Disability Narratives

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Audio clip: Paul found he struggled in some jobs but now has a role that suits his abilities.

Yes. I - For my disabilities, I feel like - It's very difficult to say. But I feel like there was a point I had to get past, as I said before about the - doing the repetitive jobs, or the fitting into other people's structures and processes is something I struggled with. And actually I think I spent a lot of time struggling with that, and actually getting past that. But once - now I've reached past - now I've sort of gone past that step, I think my skills and my abilities that go along with my personal disabilities, are far more important. The abilities and the strengths are far more important now. Whereas the disabilities, the issues, were far more important in the past. So I think it sort of - it's caused a different career path, or different sort of - yeah - progression path than other people. But not necessarily - In the long term, probably hasn't had an effect. But I could see how it could do for other people, had they taken a different route, decided on a different career or whatever.

The way I - One of the ways I see it is I see the amount of people who are entrepreneurs with dyslexia-related conditions, who presumably - my feeling is, a lot of them do very well going off on the path because they don't ever have those restrictions. But as nice as it would be to be Richard Branson, we can't all. It's never going to work for everybody, and you're never all going - That's not, all what necessarily what everybody wants to do. But it's kind of getting past that first hurdle is the most difficult bit for me.