17 million individuals who have cerebral palsy were recognized for their accomplishments on World Cerebral Palsy Day, on 2 October. One of these individuals was 29-year old Rebecca Donatiello. Selected as a ‘Living Life My Way’ ambassador, the young lady explained that she “loves people, family and getting out and about.
What matters to me is being able to live and enjoy a good life. I’m never afraid to attempt something different. I am friendly and I will try my best to help people and listen to them. After all, what can beat a good chat, a good time and of course, a good laugh? I feel I’m a confident and independent person who has taken control of my life. I have come a long way on my journey towards full independence. I now make my own appointments by emailing, texting and trying to talk on the phone by using the iPad.”
As well as her optimistic outlook on life, Donatiello works in the Immigration Western Sydney office, “providing administration support.” But she also does work experience at an animal shelter. She was described by Sarah Pearce, Northcott Community Participation Program Coordinator, as being “a role model. [Her] passion for life, friendly demeanor and willingness to just get on with life is what made her the perfect fit for a role as an ambassador.”