|George McDowell's Travelogue|
- I was looking for work and FOUND work – and, with essential help from the Government’s “Employment Support Scheme”, I have stayed in paid employment ever since.
- For this I need a lot of support, so I continue to live at home. Lately I started practicing “independent living skills” with a support worker who is more visually impaired than I am! This certainly sharpens MY eyesight, when we work together in Mum’s kitchen!
- I keep fit by regular swimming and exercise, paying for joint membership (for myself and my Mum) at a fitness club, where a trainer helps me in the Gym. (He is unfortunately not a conductor, but Mum does her best at the pool afterwards!)
- I consider myself to be an “active citizen”: moving in various social circles, such as Church, politics, art & literature, I am a member of a mainstream Northern Ireland political party, I am on the committee of a major disability rights organization (Disability Action), Mum & I regularly visit an Irish Literary Summer School... just to mention a few of my “spare time” activities.
- Last, but not least, I enjoy travelling. If you want to hear more about this, Susie Mallett enabled me to publish my Travelogues which came out for this conference in the bi-lingual series “Let me tell you a story”!