Monique was approached to become an Options Day 2017 Ambassador and felt honored to be considered. Options Day is an annual event for people with disabilities, their families, friends and the community. It helps people to explore educational pathways and countless other opportunities available to people with disabilities.
Here is Monique's story " I have Asperger’s Syndrome which is on the autism spectrum. My disability is a developmental condition that affects my ability to effectively communicate with others. I could not talk until the age of 5 and had difficulties socializing with others.
However, with early intervention from multiple providers and the support and love from my family and friends, I have been lucky. All these people have had a major impact on my life so far, and they have helped me with strategies and support which in turn, helps to limit the impact that my disability can put on me, in the broader community.
Despite my disability I was able to graduate high school with an OP 2, obtain a full time traineeship at Southern Cross Support Services and got accepted into UQ University next year studying Architecture.
I hope my role with being the Options Day Ambassador can encourage people with disabilities that they can achieve their goals and do things just as well as anyone else can.”
This year the Options Day 2017 Working Party announced two Options Day Ambassadors – Hayden Medcalf and Monique Van Kooten. For more information on options day visit their facebook page