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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.