The Big Issue : Edition 434
If you have a question for our Agony Aunts, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org If your letter is longer than the Great Wall of China we reserve the right to edit it. Milly Parker is the Yooralla Disability Ambassador. At 21 she acquired a brain injury (ABI) as a result of a car accident. It changed her life...for the better! Sick of being told she was broken and useless, Milly gave the world a two-finger salute and is now a successful businesswoman, public speaker on disability issues and mentor. Her business ‘Happy Yappers’ has won numerous awards and is her pride and joy. For all the goss go to www.happyyappers.com.au Father Bob Maguire is the irrepressible ‘mad priest’ (self-described). When it comes to the Catholic Church, this selfless man of God is a perpetual pain in the you know where. Although the church hierarchy was done with him, Father Bob wasn’t done with the church. In 2003 he established the Father Bob Maguire Foundation which continues to feed, support, nurture and uplift those who need a helping hand. Money is always in short supply so please consider supporting Father Bob’s mission. You can read it all at www.fatherbob.org.au “I would love to get into real estate but the few agents I’ve spoken to have tried to dissuade me. They say there’s a lot of driving involved and because I’m in a wheelchair I wouldn’t be able to get access to most houses or apartments. Should I give up on my dream?” – Jason, 27, Malvern East Ask the Agony Aunts Just because something seems impossible doesn’t mean it is. There is (almost) always another way of doing something if you put your mind and talents to it. This is the advice that our Agony Aunts are offering to a young man intent on following his dream. Keep your questions coming and our Agony Aunts will do their best to answer it. ADvertISeMent the views and opinions of Milly Parker and Father Bob expressed in this article are not intended to represent professional advice. Says Milly: We’re about to enter a Brave new World in which people with disability can do whatever they want. Okay, there are limitations, but in principle none of us should be stopped from living life to our potential. the advice you’ve been given about access is reasonable, but the question I want to know is, do you believe you can do the work required without compromising the agency, the vendor or the intending buyer? If, for example, you can’t access a house and that puts the security of the home owners’ contents at risk, then I think the answer is self- evident. If this is not an issue and in your heart you know you’d be a ‘gun’ sales rep, then don’t let anything stand in your way! Says Father Bob: So much is done online these days I really can’t see how your disability should rule you out. Your mobility issues might stop you from selling a 10 storey house in toorak with three swimming pools, an indoor tennis court and a home theatre showing endless re-runs of the three Stooges, but is that such a bad thing? I was never one for houses built on steroids. Aim for your strengths, and those strengths are obviously passion and ambition. Prove people wrong by showing them, not telling them. Send agents a proposal in which you acknowledge your disability and why it won’t stop you selling. If anything, the agent will be applauded for his (or her) social responsibility!