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Getting about – David’s Tuesday adventure

My name is David and I go to Getabout three days a week. This is a typical Tuesday that I had recently.

The day begins at 9am

I was picked up from home by my Disability Support Worker and planned my day using board maker.

Waiting to be collected in the morning

Waiting to be collected in the morning

I started by going to Winthrop Village to watch the delivery vehicles behind IGA. I love watching anything mechanical working, especially the forklift unloading the trucks. I then went into IGA and went up and down the aisles pointing out all the yummy things I like to eat.

Watching the deliveries at IGA

Watching the deliveries at IGA

Morning tea time

Next it’s time for morning tea at Alternative Bites with the proprietors Steve and Paris. I’m a regular here and they know my order off by heart.

 

Ordering morning tea

Ordering morning tea

At Getabout

Then, I’m off to Rocky Bay for music therapy via the service station to fill up with fuel. I help with the refuelling and payment. The lady behind the desk reckons I’m her favourite customer.

Music therapy with Giuseppe is always fun. I love the sound of electronic music and really like the keyboard with all its buttons to try out.  I played to some really funky rhythms.

Helping with the refuelling

Helping with the refuelling

 

Playing to a funky rhythm

Playing to a funky rhythm

I then did some work on the computer, where I printed out some sheets of photos for my visual diary. I keep a book with photo stories of my days at Getabout.

Working on the computer

Working on the computer

After the fun, it’s time for work ‐ so it’s back to Winthrop to the News Agent for my volunteer job. I say hello to Tim the owner by using my iPad Communication device. Tim uses it to tell me to vacuum the shop and tidy the shelves. I do the vacuuming with my Support Worker helping me to guide it.

Using the Ipad to say hello to Tim

Using the Ipad to say hello to Tim

Vacuuming

Vacuuming

Lunchtime

Today I bought a pie from Baker’s Delight. I took it with me and ate it with a bucket of chips and drink I bought at the kebab shop at Winthrop. I’m a regular here as well and often watch the Turkish bread being made.

After saying goodbye to Tim, its time for lunch

After saying goodbye to Tim, its time for lunch

After lunch

I drove to Murdoch train station and caught the train to the city. I have my own Smartrider card which I scan myself before boarding the train. I get excited riding on the train especially watching the doors open and close.

 

Scanning my smart rider card

Scanning my smart rider card

Here comes the train

Here comes the train

I got off at the Perth underground station and took the lift (also very exciting) to street level.

My first stop in the city was one of the Fringe Festival exhibits. This was a display of different populations represented by piles of rice. Each grain of rice represented one person. The pile for the number of people in the world was very big.

 

These are big piles of rice

These are big piles of rice

The next stop was the museum which I always like going to. What I liked looking at most was the dinosaur exhibits and I took some photos of them to use with my ASDAN project.

Taking a picture for my ASDAN project

Taking a picture for my ASDAN project

Afternoon tea time

It was now time for afternoon tea so I ordered an iced chocolate and small chocolate cake from the Museum café. I found a really comfy sofa to sit on which was very relaxing.

Enjoying an iced chocolate in comfort

Enjoying an iced chocolate in comfort

Once refreshed, I then caught the train for another exciting ride back to Murdoch. As there was half an hour left before I needed to be home, I went to Piney Lakes Reserve. I went to the climbing frame and climbed to the top with some help from my Support Worker, something I hadn’t done for a long time.

Climbing the frame which I haven't done for ages

Climbing the frame which I haven’t done for ages

End of my adventure day out

After this exercise I found a bench to have a rest, well earned after a busy day. As it was nearly 4pm it was time to go home and tell my mum what I had got up to during the day.

A well earned rest

A well earned rest

 

 

 

 

 

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