Zac doesn't see his disability as being a big part of his life. Like many other 23yr olds, Zac is independent and headstrong.
“The best thing about moving out will be going to bed whenever I want, doing my own washing, and not listening to the house rules anymore!”
I don’t really find any problems living with a disability at the moment. I’m just a slow learner that’s it.
I was a slow learner through school, and there was a lot of math and religion which I didn’t really get. So when the work started to get too hard, they put me in a special education class. I did the HSC though which was hard because I didn’t understand half of it, but I got through it!
After school my girlfriend Mel, who I met at Tafe, was actually the one who told me about getting a job at Aruma. So I started there and I’ve liked it ever since. I work for Facility Services doing gardening, mowing, and whipper snippering. The best thing about my job is working with my friends.
Before I decided to move out on my own, I was living with my mum and my step-father in one big gorgeous house in Belrose.
I also lived with my younger sister who is 22 turning 23. But my sister was a bit naughty at times, she played loud music and left dirty cutlery and plates all through the kitchen and it drove me crazy! She liked to play games with me too – if I borrowed her car she would leave no fuel in it for me, so I had to fill it up! Pretty normal brother sister stuff hey?
But deep down we get on really well, and we were really close when we were growing up – we used to go swimming a lot together, and she helped me out with some things.
Now that I’m 23 turning 24, I have decided to move out of home because I need the freedom, and I need to start going my own way. So I am about to move to my own apartment in Allambie.
I’ve already learnt to do most things on my own. I learnt about cooking from my parents and going to cooking school at Tafe. I can cook all kinds of stuff like schnitzel, tortilla wraps, and steak.
The best thing about moving out will be going to bed whenever I want, doing my own washing, and not listening to the house rules anymore! I don’t want any support, because I’m grown up now and I don’t need it. I can pretty much do anything on my own.
But I’ll see my parents every Friday and Saturday, they demand that I still come over!
What’s in my future? Probably one day I want to get married and have a family, but don’t know when. I don’t know what I want to do in the future, it’s too early to say at the moment. We’ll have to wait and see.