My Speech on moving to Independent Living
I recently gave a speech in Dublin Institute of Technology about moving into my own apartment. The congregation included Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy and former Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee. Also present were CEO and Chairperson of Hail Housing and other dignitaries.
After 20 years spent in institutions, my efforts and the help of others to get my own place has been successful with Hail Housing. In my speech I was able to thank the different institutions for helping to make 20 years feel like 4 months. I have the best of care in Thomas Court, where I have attended since 2002. With the great support and help I have received my mental health team, Hails Housing and Thomas Court, I have been able to make great progress with my life.
I hope to maintain positive mental and physical health as well as my current living standards. I have learned to have positive relationships with people in authority. I have learned to manage my domestic affairs such as cooking, cleaning and hygiene. The speech I gave to the ministers made me proud of how far I have come in life. I learned of other people’s stories and I learned that 20 years is nothing when you have the right support.