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My experiences on public transport – from an older adult with long term disabilities

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Maria Mleczko, one of our Age of Experience members, writes about her experiences of using public transport: 

"My experiences on public transport – from an older adult with long term disabilities"

I am aware that this piece of writing may not resonate with everyone, but if I assist in giving just one person the confidence to spread their wings then that has to be a good thing.

Most of us travel every day without being aware, by that I mean leaving their homes to walk to the shop or down the garden.My experiences of travel began when I was about 4 years old I started boarding school, I remained at the school until I was 17. I started my independent travelling on the local bus, I walked with crutches at this time and felt that people had more time and patience with others. In time I travelled as much as three times a week, because I enjoy country music it gave me some common ground with other people. However, I did find that some people were more interested in my disabilities, which is something I am not keen on discussing as we are people first. 

I am sometimes able to get a lift in cars but I have learnt not to rely on this and always make sure I have enough money for taxis. 

"I am aware that this piece of writing may not resonate with everyone..."

Maria Mleczko

Going abroad…….

I have been lucky to take the ferry across the channel, I have also travelled on trains and of course flying, which I find the easiest. I have visited; France, Germany, Switzerland and Greece, the furthest I have been is New Zealand. Nowadays, because of my health and safety and possible terrorist attacks, it can be extra challenging both here and abroad. There will always be negative people, try and surround yourself with positive people who will support and encourage you.

People should be encouraged to use what they do have and not focus on what they don't. We all need a little help from time to time.

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