Coming Up…


I don’t know how it’s gone so quick but there’s less than a month now until the third issue of Finding Our Voices. Just a few of the things coming up in the next issue include a couple of great (and emotional) poems which have been sent in from yourselves, a short semi-fiction story ‘A Day In The Life’ about a young person going through school with SM and more of your personal SM experiences. Please keep sending them in!

We also have an interview with Joe Powell, the National Director of All Wales People First; a group campaigning for people with learning disabilities. Joe himself has Asperger’s, has previously lived in care services for eleven years and in the interview he talks about the lack of awareness and understanding for disorders such as autism and selective mutism. When he was younger Joe was ‘the one who didn’t talk’, but he has now been working with All Wales People First for over two years and encourages others with learning disabilities to take the step towards gaining work. Joe says; “I am still bowled over that I am working and that things have gone well so far. I still see myself as the painfully shy Joe who was sacked from my previous job for being too quiet and I don’t see myself as the new Joe who is a much different person to then.” “I would say to anyone who wants to work that if they are determined, willing to learn and able to be realistic that there is no reason why they can’t make it in the workplace.”

I very much agree and am excited that Joe agreed to the interview with Finding Our Voices magazine. You can read the full interview in the next issue due out at the end of February 2015.


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